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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

The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers were recently selected for the 2018 Astronomical League Webmaster Award. Thank you Astronomical League.

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

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
OCTOBER 4: Monthly Meeting at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach * OCTOBER 8: Draconids Meteor Shower
OCTOBER 4 - 7: East Coast Star Party, Coinjock, North Carolina * $ OCTOBER 9: New Moon
OCTOBER 5 - 12: Cornwatch at Cornland Park, Chesapeake (private) OCTOBER 11: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
OCTOBER 7: Night Sky Viewing, Fort Monroe * OCTOBER 14: Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
OCTOBER 13: Skywatch at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake * OCTOBER 17, 18: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
OCTOBER 13: Virginia Living Museum Star Party, Newport News $ OCTOBER 21, 22: Orionids Meteor Shower
OCTOBER 13: Science Play Day, TCC Joint Use Library, Building L, Virginia Beach * OCTOBER 23: Uranus at Opposition
OCTOBER 15: Star Gazing, Harbor’s Edge, Norfolk * OCTOBER 24: Full Moon
OCTOBER 15: PTA Family Night, STEM & M Night at Greenbrier Intermediate School, Chesapeake *
OCTOBER 18: Garden Stars, Norfolk Botanical Gardens *
OCTOBER 20: “Sun” Day Solar Observing at Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake *
OCTOBER 20: Family Star Gazing Joint Expedition Base, Little Creek Library, Virginia Beach *

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 George Reynolds was interviewed about the club's Library Telescope Program

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

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Email info (at) backbayastro (dot) org

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