Boise
 Astronomical
  Society





May

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, at Anser Charter School at 7pm.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, May 12th at 7:00 PM. This will be held at the Whittenberger Planetarium athe College of Idaho Campus. This is a members meeting but we will be accepting new/renewing members that night.

Star Parties



The first star party scheduled for the month will be May 20th at dedication point. For directions go to maps

The second star party will be at Idaho City on May 27th. 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. SkyWatcher2017.5.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 May BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd 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, May 12th, 7:00 pm, at the Whittenberger Planetarium at the College of Idaho Campus in Caldwell. Our host, Amy Truksa, will have a program for us on the Eclipse in August.

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. This is your final reminder.

We have two regularly scheduled star party scheduled for this month. The first Star Party will be on the 20th at Dedication Point and the second is scheduled for the 27th at the Idaho City area dark sky site. Be sure to check our BAS1 Yahoo group for more information.

The Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park is now open and volunteers are needed. If you have completed the background check (required) in the last two years you may volunteer there. Please contact the parks dept. ahead of time to let them know which day of the weekend you are going to be there. This is very important so there will not be too many volunteers. Otherwise you will be turned away and that has happened already this year.

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.