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"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


Welcome to the BBAA website

We are a group of dedicated amateur astronomers drawn together by a common interest in astronomy. Our club was founded on December 14, 1978 by members dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy.

We invite you to come to our any of our free monthly events to take a look through our telescopes and learn more about the night sky.

The BBAA is an active member society of the Astronomical League, a part of the Night Sky Network, and a member of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies (VAAS). We are also active on social media. Please visit our social media pages on BBAA Yahoo Group, BBAA Facebook Group, BBAA Twitter page, BBAA Facebook page and Instagram to stay up to date with our club's latest activities.

Clear skies

On 17 December 2018, BBAA club member Dan Pelzel photograph "The Bubble Nebula" was featured on the AAPOD website. Congrats Dan! To see more of Dan's photographs visit his website DEEP SPACE PHOTONS.

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day


Click on the picture to open the APOD website for a higher resolution image with a description of the photo

What's Happening This Month

All events marked with * below are free, kid friendly, and open to the public. Events marked with a $ have a small fee required by the event organizer.

In the BBAA In the Sky
FEBRUARY 1 & 8: Cornwatch at Cornland Park, Chesapeake FEBRUARY 1: Alignment of Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and Saturn
FEBRUARY 1: “Silent Sky” Watch, Little Theater of Virginia Beach * – CANCELLED, RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 8 FEBRUARY 2: Alignment of Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Moon
FEBRUARY 2: 4-H Space Camp, Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield * FEBRUARY 4: New Moon
FEBRUARY 2: Nightwatch at Chippokes State Park (private) FEBRUARY 18 & 19: Conjunction of Venus and Saturn
FEBRUARY 7: Monthly Meeting at at TCC, Virginia Beach Campus * FEBRUARY 19: Full Moon, Supermoon
FEBRUARY 14: Garden Stars, Norfolk Botanical Gardens * $ FEBRUARY 27: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
FEBRUARY 16: Saturday "Sun" Day Solar Observing at Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake * – CANCELLED
FEBRUARY 23: Skywatch at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake *

If you're planning to attend an event, please see our Event Information page. There you will find useful information about BBAA events and links for directions to our observing sites. Please also take the time to read our expected event etiquette for all attendees.

To see event details on the Night Sky Network head over to our club's Calendar page and click on the event you want more details about.

For more information on what's happening in the sky this week, see Sky & Telescope's "This Week's Sky at a Glance" page.

BBAA Spotlight Photo/Video

BBAA club member Kent Blackwell was very fortunate during the total lunar eclipse 19-20 January, 2019 and managed to capture an image of a meteor hitting the surface of the Moon during totality. While Kent isn't the only person to take a picture of this impact this type of event is rare enough that, if confirmed, this could be the first time such an impact has been recorded during a lunar eclipse. Congratulations Kent!

Observing Programs

BBAA club members dues pay for Astronomical League (AL) membership. This membership allows our club members to participate in the many Astronomical League observing programs. The AL programs are designed to provide a direction for your observations and to provide a goal. The programs have awards and pins to recognize the observers’ accomplishments and for demonstrating their observing skills with a variety of instruments and objects. The BBAA was responsible for creating the Astronomical League's Planetary Nebula Program. A detailed history of the programs inception is available on our page. For further information on observing programs, see our Observing Programs page or the Astronomical League's official page.

Planetary Nebula Program

Lapel pin awarded for completion of the Planetary Nebula Program

Current Solar System Configuration

This interactive 3D model shows the today's configuration of the major bodies of the Solar System along their orbits.

BBAA Contact Info

Have questions? Drop us a note!

BBAA, PO Box 9877, Virginia Beach, VA 23450-9877

Information email contacts all club officers

Email info (at) backbayastro (dot) org

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