Boise
 Astronomical
  Society





April

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, at Anser Charter School at 7pm.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, April 14th at 7:00 PM. This will be held at Anser Charter School at 202 E. 42nd St., Garden City.

Star Parties



The first star party scheduled for the month will be the annual Messier Marathon on April 21st and 22nd. It will be at Bruneau Dune Park in the Eagle Cove. If you plan to stay the night either Friday or Saturday remember to make camping reservations.

The second star party will be at Dedication Point on April 29th. 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. SkyWatcher2017.4.pdf 1.3 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 weather is clearing! Already our fellow astronomers are out enjoying the clear skies. Yes, the poor weather is still plaguing us, but rest assured clear skies will soon be the norm. We have two events coming this month plus an Educational Outreach. Be sure to check the calendar page online and BAS1 for more information.

The April BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 pm, at Anser Charter School 202 E. 42nd St. Garden City. 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, April 14th, 7:00 pm, at the Anser Charter School Our guest speaker, Tragon McFall, will be talking on the subject of X-Rays and Black Holes.

We are still taking dues for 2017. If you have not renewed you will be dropped from our active membership roll 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. The dues 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.

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 now about 28-sites left of the available campsites in Eagle Cove Campground. 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.

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.

We have one regular star party scheduled for this month. The Star Party will be following the Messier Marathon on April 29th at Dedication Point Dark Sky site.

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 - Tempe and an expert on Mars and Mars Rovers. Registration is now open and if you are at the meeting you may pay for your registration with our Treasurer, Becky Nielsen. If you cannot make the meeting you may always download an application on the website.

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.