Boise
 Astronomical
  Society





March

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st, at Anser Charter School.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 PM. This will be held at the Whittenberg Planetarium on the College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. This is a members only meeting but new members may join that night. This is construction in the area, refer to the map for detours and parking instructions.

Star Parties



The first star party scheduled for the month will be at the Dedication Point location on March 18th. For direction look at the Maps and Photos link.
The second star party will be at Dedication Point as well on March 25th.

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. SkyWatcher2017.3.pdf 1.5 Mb



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 March BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm, at Anser Charter School 202 E. 42nd St. Garden City. The board meeting will be preceded by the ISP Planning Committee meeting at 6:30 pm. All BAS members are welcome to join in to see how club activities are planned.

The next BAS membership meeting will be held on Friday, March 17th, 7:00 pm, at the Whittenberger Planetarium located at the College of Idaho Campus in Caldwell, link Please do not go to Anser Charter School as it will be closed.

The presentation at Whittenberger will be a Virtual Messier Marathon presented by host Amy Truksa. This is a BAS closed meeting member’s only event, however; we have always taken membership applications at the door. The dues for 2017 is $25.

We are still taking dues for 2017. If you have not renewed you may be dropped from our active membership in BAS. If you desire to continue as an active member, we will be more than happy to receive your dues and updated membership application. They remain $25/family for the year. Make sure you keep receiving the benefits that come with membership, which include priority access to campsites at ISP, opportunities to join in on camping weekend events we organize, access to closed BAS meetings (pizza party and holiday party), and club visits to a local planetarium, membership in the Astronomical League and quarterly Reflector magazine.

We have two star parties scheduled for this month. The first will be one the 18th and the second will be on the 25th. Any member who wants to observe may also call for an impromptu Star Party on the BAS1 Yahoo Group. Hopefully, we will have an observing session this month.

Our observing season opening camping trip, the BAS Messier Marathon is coming up the weekend of April 21st - 22nd, 2017, at the Eagle Cove campground, Bruneau Dunes State Park. This is an informal event with no registration required other than making your own campsite reservation through Idaho Parks. There are still plenty of campsites available for this event but the roomier sites will be filling up first. Make your reservation now to get the spot you want. We have a BAS pot luck dinner planned for this event on Saturday evening, April 22nd.

The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park is still closed and at this writing is still experiencing electrical problems. When I learn of more information, I will pass it along.

The Idaho Star Party™ has been scheduled for the weekend of September 15th - September 17th, 2017. This year our guest speaker is Dr. Tanya Harrison from the New Space Initiative at Arizona State University and an expert on Mars and Mars Rovers. We will have registration and camping information coming soon.

See you there,
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.