“Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads”


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 free monthly Skywatch at Northwest River Park to take a look through our telescopes and learn more about the sky.


Astronomy Picture of the Day:

What's happening this month:

In the BBAA:
In the Sky:
OCTOBER 5: Monthly Meeting at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach OCTOBER 4 - 6: Conjunction of Mars and Venus
OCTOBER 7: “Sun” Day Solar Observing at Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake OCTOBER 5: Full Moon
OCTOBER 12 - 14: East Coast Star Party, Coinjock, NC OCTOBER 8: Draconids Meteor Shower
OCTOBER 13 & 20: Cornwatch at Cornland Park, Chesapeake (BBAA members only) OCTOBER 17: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
OCTOBER 14: Virginia Living Museum Star Party, Newport News OCTOBER 18: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
OCTOBER 14: Skywatch at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake - CANCELLED OCOTBER 18 - 19: Uranus at Opposition
OCTOBER 21: Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies 2017 Conference, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach OCTOBER 19: New Moon
OCTOBER 21: Nightwatch at Chippokes State Park (BBAA members only) OCTOBER 21, 22: Orionids Meteor Shower
OCTOBER 26: Garden Stars, Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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

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


Observing programs:

The BBAA was responsible for creating the Planetary Nebula Program. A detailed history of the program's inception is available on our Planetary Nebula Program page. For further information on observing programs, see our Observing Programs page or the Astronomical League's official page.

Lapel pin awarded for completion of the Planetary Nebula Program

Current Sun and Moon:

Website notifications:

The club webmaster is always looking for ways to improve the BBAA website. If you have a suggestion, please don't hesitate to email the webmaster.


Please welcome our latest webmaster: Curt Lambert.


The new "Events Calendar" page replaces the old "Schedule of Events" page. It is being administered through the Night Sky Network and can now be kept up to date by any of the main club officers.


The BBAA home page has a new look! In additon to visual appeal, it is designed to be more accommodating for various monitor sizes. Please feel free to leave feedback via email. This new format will be applied to other webpages in the coming days.