Boise
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October

Solar Eclipse Safety

There is a partial solar eclipse that will be visible in the Boise area on Oct. 23, 2014. 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.

NASA-Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses
A-How-To Guide for Viewing Eclipses



Club Events

The club calendar can be found here.

The board meeting will be Wednesday, October 1st, in the library at the Discovery Center of Idaho at 7:00pm.

There will not be a membership meeting this month. (please see the President's Letter below)



Star Parties

There will be a club star party at Dedication Point on Saturday, October 18th. Please watch BAS1 for updates on location and Go/No-Go information.
There will be a second club star party at the Idaho City site on Saturday, October 25th.
Watch the BAS1 group for last minute star party information and Go/No-Go updates.



Sky Watcher

The October club news letter is now available for download. SkyWatcher2014_10.pdf 2.1 Mb



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 2014 Idaho Star Party was a smashing success! From the wonderful weather (especially Friday night) to the star-b-q to the children's program to our guest speaker, the event was as wonderful as we could hope. I want to thank the members of the planning committee for all of their hard work in making this celebration as fantastic as it is each year. We can now start to look forward to next year's ISP.

The BAS board will meet on Wednesday, 01 October at 7 p.m. in the library at DCI. We will start to plan our club's schedule of activities for 2015 at this meeting. All BAS members are welcome to join us.

The regular membership meeting for October has been moved from Friday evening, October 10 at DCI to Saturday, October 11. We are going to carpool to Twin Falls that afternoon for an evening of meeting with the Magic Valley Astronomical Society along with attending a show at the Faulkner Planetarium and then viewing after dark using the 24" telescope at the College of Southern Idaho (weather permitting). Those of us travelling from the Treasure Valley will meet at Bretz RV at the Broadway exit of I-84 at 2:30 p.m. We will have dinner in Twin Falls when we arrive and then proceed to the evening events. All paid BAS members will have their entrance fee to the planetarium show covered by our club. We expect to return to the RV parking lot around 2 a.m. if we stay for observing.

There are a few astronomical events of interest happening in October. First, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 8, there will be a total lunar eclipse. The total phase will be visible in SW Idaho from about 4:30 a.m. until about 5:30 a.m. On Thursday, October 23, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible in Idaho. In Boise, we should see a maximum of about 60% coverage occurring about 4:15 p.m. BAS is planning a special viewing event on the campus of the College of Western Idaho in Nampa and we welcome our members to join us. If you have a telescope with a proper solar filter, we encourage you to bring it along.

We are starting to accept club dues for 2015. These remain $25/family living at the same address. If you are a new member, you can pay at the membership meeting in Twin Falls and that will include membership for the rest of 2014.

Dr. Irwin Horowitz, PhD.
President BAS


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.