"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, and BBAA Facebook page to stay up to date with our club's latest activities.

Clear skies

Welcome to the BBAA website with our new design.

In addition to visual appeal, it is designed to be responsive for desktop and mobile screens. Please feel free to leave feedback via email with our webmaster (at) backbayastro (dot) org.

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
MARCH 1: Monthly Meeting at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach * MARCH 2: Full Moon
MARCH 3: A Night Under the Stars, Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk * RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 10TH) CANCELED MARCH 5 - 18: Conjunction of the Mercury and Venus
MARCH 5: Science Night, Deep Creek Elementary, Chesapeake * MARCH 6, 7: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
MARCH 9 & 16: Cornwatch at Cornland Park, Chesapeake (BBAA members only) MARCH 10: Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, and Saturn
MARCH 10: Skywatch at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake * CANCELED MARCH 15: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
MARCH 14 - 18: Staunton River Star Party, Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg $ MARCH 18: Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
MARCH 17: Nightwatch at Chippokes State Park (BBAA members only) MARCH 17: New Moon
MARCH 24: “Sun” Day Solar Observing at Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake * MARCH 20: March Equinox
MARCH 24: Earth Hour Event at First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach $ MARCH 30, 31: Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
MARCH 27: Science Night, Deep Creek Central Elementary, Chesapeake * MARCH 31: Full Moon, Blue Moon

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 Photo of the Month

BBAA members receive Astronomical League awards at the February club meeting.

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.

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

BBAA Twitter Feed

The club web master is always looking for ways to improve the BBAA website.

If you have a suggestion, questions, or comments please don't hesitate to email the webmaster (at) backbayastro (dot) org

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