Upcoming Events

Second Saturday Program

7:30 pm, Saturday July 9, 2022

MARS: When the Red Planet was Blue

There was a time in Mars’ history when the planet was wetter than it is today and more like the “Pale Blue Dot” that is Earth. Planetary scientist Dr. Dorothy Z. Oehler will review some of the most recent exploration activity on the planet and will take us on a tour of Mars, showing us the evidence for a history of water, rain and glaciers as well as some of the unique aspects of the Red Planet.

Dr. Oehler began her Mars studies in 2003 and spent 13 years at Johnson Space Center. During that time, she was selected to be one of the 29 members of the first Science Team for the Mars Curiosity Rover, and she spent 5 years in that role. In late 2016, she became affiliated with the Planetary Science Institute where she continues her work on Mars and ancient biosignatures.

Dr. Oehler will join us via Zoom. You can watch the program on your computer at home, or join us at the Helix Building and watch on our big screen.

If the weather cooperates, there will be a star party following the presentation.

To receive the Zoom link, please register in advance for this meeting (if clicking the link doesn’t work, copy-paste it into a new browser window):


After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

James Webb Space Telescope First Images

7:30 am, Tuesday July 12, 2022

Yes, that’s correct, 7:30 in the morning!

First Images Reveal: NASA, in partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency), will release the telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data during a televised broadcast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, July 12. Live coverage of the image release broadcast will air on the NASA app and the agency’s website (https://www.nasa.gov/live). The public also can watch live on FacebookTwitterYouTubeTwitch, and Daily Motion. Released one by one on the broadcast, each image will simultaneously be made available on social media as well as on the agency’s website at: nasa.gov/webbfirstimages. You can read more at https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-public-to-view-webb-telescope-s-first-images

3:00 pm, Tuesday July 12, 2022

NASA will host an expert panel to discuss the first images. Check back here about a week before the event to submit questions to the panelists.

Join us at the Ritchie Observatory to watch this exclusive livestream event on our big screen.

11:00 am & 12:30 pm, Saturday July 16, 2022

NASA will host two expert panels to discuss Webb’s first images. The 11 am panel will be IN SPANISH, hosted by BPAA Vice President Mario Alejandro Torres. The 12:30 panel will be in English, hosted by BPAA President Frank Petrie. Check back here about a week before the event to submit questions to the panelists. Both of these livestream events will be held at the Ritchie Observatory.

Many thanks to these Bainbridge Island community organizations for their continued support.

Bainbridge Community Foundation