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December

Photo Of The Month


Photographer: Jordan Ragsdale
Photo: Diamond Ring
Taken in Cascade, Idaho with an Orion ED80T CF and Nikon D5300. Also created was timelapse available at 2017 Total Eclipse Timelapse .

The photo will be updated monthly and voted on during the prior board meeting. Members are welcome to vote for the photos as well. Contact the webmaster, Bailey Nielsen, the current photos and for photo submissions.

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6th, at Anser Charter School at 7:00.

The membership meeting will be on Friday the 8 of December at Anser Charter School in Garden City at 6:30. This is the BAS Holiday party for members. New members are welcome to join that night. There is going to be a potluck, please post what you can bring on the BAS1 yahoo group. There will also be a white elephant gift exchange. If you like to particpate bring a gift (under $10).

Star Parties





There is only one star party scheduled at Dedication Point on the 16th of December. For directions go to maps

Watch the BAS1 group for all last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.



Sky Watcher

The club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2017.12.pdf



Volunteering

Want to volunteer out at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory? Don't know what do do or what it requires? Open or download the Volunteering pdf to learn more.

Observing Program

BAS is sponsoring an observing program, the Deep Sky 101. For more information, or to get started check out the program page here.



President's Letter

The end of the year is almost upon us and with December, like in the years past, we hold our annual Holiday Party and related events. This coming Friday (Yes, that soon), the 8th at 6:30pm at the Anser Charter School 202 E. 42nd St. in Garden City will be the date and time for this year’s Holiday Party. The board meeting, which proceeds the Holiday Party, meets at Anser Charter School on Wednesday night at 7:00pm.

We have our officer elections for the board. The following positions are of course open.

Only one person is seeking possible re-election and that is the President. All remaining elected positions are not seeking re-election. If you want run for a board position please nominate yourself or the person you have in mind on Friday night.

As the nights lengthen and the crisp, clear skies of winter present the dilemma of good seeing but low temperatures, it is time for all of us to consider the past year’s accomplishments. Even though 2017 got off to a bad start and there was some hiccups along the way our outreach programs (star parties) provided literally hundreds with views and information about their universe. Many looked up for the first time and truly wondered about the night sky. Even during the eclipse we had good feedback and turnout was lighter than expected.

It is this last item that strikes me as the most important service we provide the community: awakening others to the beauty, wonder and importance of seeing the universe and our relationship to it. It is why we come together as club members and do what we do, look up and enjoy the night sky

This is a big reason why it is so important Boise Astronomical Society continues doing its remarkable amount of public outreach. Aside from the “Oh wow” objects we show at our star parties, we are demonstrating the rewards of an intellectual pursuit. How understanding, even a little, of what surrounds us opens us up to our sense of place in this vast domain. The importance of this cannot be overstated as we are confronted by general anti-intellectualism and distrust of science. We stand as proof of the value of knowledge and how that enriches our lives. This must be passed on, particularly to young students in those “boring” science classes.” Hopefully we can directly remedy some of this with our presentations targeting the science classes in the Twin Falls area that are planned for 2018.

So as we wind up this year and prepare for the sure-to-come surprise comets, supernovas, exoplanets and amazing images of the next, let’s take a moment to appreciate what difference astronomy has made in our lives and commit to sharing it.

Onward to successful 2018,
David Olsen, President
Boise Astronomical Society

SOHO EIT 304 Latest Image (click image for larger view)


Courtesy of SOHO/EIT consortium. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
The SOHO project home page can be found here.