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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 Back Bay Amateur Astronomers website

Amateur is Latin for lover and our club originally met in the Back Bay to look at the stars

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

Congratulations to BBAA Secretary Kayla Dio Robinson for being selected to intern at NASA this summer!.

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
JUNE 1: Nightwatch at Chippokes State Park (private) JUNE 1: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
JUNE 6: Monthly Meeting at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach * JUNE 3: New Moon
JUNE 7 & 28: Cornwatch at Cornland Park, Chesapeake (private) JUNE 10: Jupiter at Opposition
JUNE 7: Linkhorn Bay Apartments Astronomy Night, Virginia Beach * JUNE 16: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
JUNE 8: Little Astronomers at Naval Station Norfolk * JUNE 17: Full Moon
JUNE 10: ECSU Kahn Planetarium Grand Opening, Elizabeth City, NC * JUNE 18: Conjunction of Mercury and Mars
JUNE 11: Garden Stars, Norfolk Botanical Gardens * $ JUNE 21: June Solstice
JUNE 15: Saturday “Sun” Day Solar Observing at Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake * JUNE 23: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
JUNE 18: Boardwalk Astronomy #2, 2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach *
JUNE 18: Sun Safety and Observing at Great Neck Library, Virginia Beach *
JUNE 20: Summer Reading Program, Moyock Public Library, Moyock, NC *
JUNE 25: Summer Reading "A Universe of Stories", Hertford County Public Library, Winton, NC *
JUNE 26 - 28: Green Bank StarQuest XVI, Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Arbovale, WV * $
JUNE 29: 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.

Jupiter Asteroid Impact Detection Project

Our club is helping assist with this project. You do NOT have to be a member of our club to participate. If you are interested in contributing please see our Jupiter Asteroid Impact Detection Project page.

The bright, two-second flareup appears near Jupiter's left (celestial west) limb in this frame from a video that Anthony Wesley was recording at 20:31:29 UT June 3, 2010.

Watch Video

Anthony Wesley's Website

BBAA Spotlight Photo/Video

Congratulations to our 2019 BBAA Scholarships recipients, Colby Goodwin – Kellam High School and Lauren Johansen - Salem High School.

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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