“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:
AUGUST 4: Monthly Meeting in the Kiva-1 room at Plaza Middle School AUGUST 2: New Moon
AUGUST 5 & 12: Cornwatch at Cornland Park (BBAA members only) AUGUST 11, 12: Perseids Meteor Shower
AUGUST 6: Nightwatch at Chippokes State Park (BBAA members only) AUGUST 11: Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, and Saturn
AUGUST 9: Garden Stars at Norfolk Botanical Gardens AUGUST 16: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
AUGUST 12: Movie Night at Mount Trashmore AUGUST 18: Full Moon
AUGUST 13: “Sun” Day Solar Observing at Bells Mill Park AUGUST 19 - 24: Conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury
AUGUST 16: Boardwalk Astronomy at Virginia Beach Boardwalk near the 24th Street Stage AUGUST 27: Close Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
AUGUST 27: Skywatch at Northwest River Park

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.