BBAA | Navigation

BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS


"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"

BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS

"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"

BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS


"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

Local Planetariums

All events marked with * below are free and open to the public. Events marked with a $ charge a fee for planetarium shows.

Reservations and General Information

On Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., the general public is invited to attend free programs. These programs are provided as a FREE service of the Chesapeake Public School System. Topics for these programs change every month and are educational in nature. They are designed to give the individual a general overview of astronomy.

* It is recommended that children below the first grade level not be admitted to the planetarium chamber. All quiet children are welcome.

Due to limited seating, reservations are necessary and may be made by telephoning Chesapeake Public Schools between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays. (757-547-0153). Standby seating is on a first come, first serve basis and will be made available to guests 5 minutes before the shows scheduled start time. It is recommended that standby guests arrive 30 minutes early.

Planetarium Director Information

Dr. Robert Hitt., Planetarium Director

757-547-0153, ext. 208

robert (dot) hitt (at) cpschools (dot) com

Location

312 Cedar Road, Chesapeake VA, 23322

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

General Information

The presentation will be followed by a short tour of the night sky "stars" inside the planetarium where you will learn a variety of star constellations. The total presentation will last about one hour. 60 seats available – first come – first seated.

Those attendees that are under age 13 MUST be accompanied by parents, or by older friends and siblings.

There will be a free raffle for all students in attendance. FREE - no admission charge. Inside activity held in any weather.

Planetarium Director Information

Susan Booth, Planetarium Facilitator

757-850-6872

sbooth (at) hampton (dot) k12 (dot) va (dot) us

Location

1819 Nickerson Blvd, Hampton, VA 23663 (Left (south) end of building near flagpoles)

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

General Information

Regular shows are every Tuesday at 1PM and Wednesday at 12PM and 5:30PM (30 minutes shows)

The planetarium shows are offered during the academic year and are FREE and open to the general public. The Planetarium is also open to civic organizations and local schools.

Planetarium Director Information

Dr. Carlos Salgado, RRRT and Planetarium Director

757-823-8909

carlos (at) nsu (dot) edu

Location

Room 119, Wood Science Building, 700 Park Ave, Norfolk , VA 23504

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

General Information

FREE planetarium shows are every week on Monday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. They start off with a full-dome, educational movie. They follow this by showing off what's currently in the night sky, talk about constellations, planets, nebula, galaxies, and more. All public shows are free and family friendly. You do not need tickets or reservations for the public shows. See the calendar.

Planetarium Director Information

Justin Mason, Planetarium Director

757-683-3865

planetarium (at) odu (dot) edu

Location

4537 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23529

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

Reservations and General Information

The TCC Planetarium has a state of the art Digistar 5 Laser Projector housed in a 40 foot dome with 87 permanent seats. It produces an all-sky image.

Admission is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required for each show. Reserve online or call 757-822-1122. You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to showtime to guarantee your reservation. A very limited number of standby tickets will be available.

Important information

    Parking
  • Park in the lot closest to the Advanced Technology Center (Building H).
    Accessibility
  • TCC’s Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122 to arrange accommodations.
    Restrictions
  • Age limits: 4 years and older. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed in the planetarium.
  • Latecomers will not be admitted; exit and re-entry are not permitted.

Planetarium Director Information

Ken Broun, Planetarium Director

757-822-7284

kbroun (at) tcc (dot) edu

Location

TCC Virginia Beach Science Building J, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23435

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

Reservations and General Information

Planetarium Shows are presented monthly. During the summer months show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 2pm and Tuesday evenings at 7pm.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the planetarium office at 648-4940 or emailing the planetarium director at charlesf.dibbs@vbschools.com.

The price of admission to all planetarium shows is $3 per person.

Planetarium Director Information

Charles Dibbs, Planetarium Director

757-648-4940

cfdibbs (at) vbschools (dot) com

Location

3080 S Lynnhaven Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.

General Information

The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays from September through Memorial Day. During the summer, the planetarium is open daily. All day-time programs $4 plus museum admission. VLM members are admitted free to day-time shows.

Star Party/Laser Nights are held on the second Saturday evening of every month. These include free stargazing and several shows: a planetarium show, family, hard rock and Pink Floyd laser shows. All shows are $3 for VLM members and $6 for non-members. See the calendar.

Special evening shows are presented for holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas. All shows are $3 for VLM members and $6 for non-members. See the calendar.

Planetarium Director Information

Kelly Herbst, Curator of Astronomy

757-595-1900 ext. 256

kelly (dot) herbst (at) thevlm (dot) org

Location

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601

Use our BBAA Map for a list of the outreach locations, planetariums and observatories and other astronomy related locations in the area. Scroll through the list to find details about the event you're interested in.