2014 Star Party Montage

Captured during the various star parties in 2014, this video reveals the different activities the BAS participates in throughout the year.

The Barnard Astronomical Society is for amateur and professional astronomers as well as anyone interested in astronomy. Our monthly meetings are second Thursday of each month held at UTC's Clarence T. Jones Observatory on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Programs are presented at each meeting by members or special guests. Outside activities include star parties (telescopic observations), field trips to science centers, planetariums, etc.

Membership dues are minimal and include a monthly club newsletter, a quarterly newsletter from the Astronomical League. Group rates for either 'Sky & Telescope' or 'Astronomy' magazine are available through the club.

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BAS T-Shirts are coming!

At the July Meeting we approved and have begun the process of ordering T-Shirts for the BAS.  The design is attached.
Cost Per Shirt:
S/M/L/XL:  $16.00 each
2XL/3XL:  $20.00 each
Orders and payments are due at the next BAS Meeting, which is August 14; shirts will be ordered on August 18.

If you want a shirt, please contact Joe D'Agostino, Richard Clements, or Matt Harbison.

You can email us directly from the member email list or simply use the contact form on the site.





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Russell Cave Star Party, June 2014

Thank you to all who came out and supported this yearly event.  We had beautiful skies and dozens of people who came out to see the stars.  We also had a brief appearance by the International Space Station.  Several members stayed the night at the park and a couple of our astrophotography folks made a night of it.  

You can see all of the photos from the event at our Facebook page located here: Photos from the 2014 Russell Cave Star Party




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BAS Welcomes Stephen Ramsden to Chattanooga

Have you ever seen the sun?  Really?  No, probably not.  We’re told not to look at the sun from a very young age.  Some of us, however, defy our elders (and better sense) and stare right into that blinding glare; astronomers are a bit special that way.  Some new astronomers learn from the initial moments of blindness and find ways to observe our nearest stellar neighbor without burning holes in their eyes.  These individuals are rare, but one by the name of Stephen Ramsden visited the BAS at the Jones observatory for the March 2013 meeting.

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Starry Nights at Russell Cave

The Barnard Astronomical Society teamed up with the Russell Cave National Park for an inspiring night of gazing on January 19th, 2013.  More than 180 people showed up, including two Cub Scout groups and members of the Chattanooga Hiking Club, to view the cosmos through a variety of telescopes.  It is truly an exhilarating experience for any astronomy enthusiast to hear the awe and wonder in people’s voices as they have their first glimpse of Jupiter, magnified 180 times.

The temperature dipped into the low 30s by 7:30pm.  Star gazers, young and old alike, were packed up and ready to leave by the time telescopes began collecting frost at 8pm.  The clouds started rolling in at about 8:30 and the few that braved the cold, were able to witness an incredible 22 degree moon halo formed by hexagonal ice crystals in the air!

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