Solar Eclipse Safety

There is a total solar eclipse that will be visible in the Boise area on Aug. 21, 2017. Please read and understand the information provided on theses websites before attempting ANY solar viewing. Boise Astronomical Society does NOT endorse ANY solar viewing method. Please take care of your eyes so you can see this and other astronomical events.

Links and information

Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 7th, at Anser Charter School at 6:30pm.

The membership meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th at 7:00 PM. This will be at Anser Charter School, 202 E. 42nd St., Garden City.

Star Parties

The first schedules star party for the month is the Farewell bend Public Star Party on June 16th and 17th.

The second star party will be at Idaho City on June 24th. 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. SkyWatcher2017.6.pdf 1.3 Mb


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 June BAS board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 7th 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, June 9th, 7:00 pm, at the Anser Charter School. This month our guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Jackson from Boise State University. Dr. Jackson will discuss exoplanets and the latest discoveries.

This month is our Farewell Bend Star Party and following the week is a Star Party once again at Granite Creek near Idaho City. If you did not get a chance to join us at Farewell Bend someone can always have an impromptu Star Party at Dedication Point if there is enough interest. Members are always encouraged to hold an impromptu event.

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.