April 25, 2015
The Big Sky Astronomy Club, in conjunction with Kalispell Center Mall is planning an Astronomy Day Evnent on Saturday, April 25th.
The event will located in the court at the west (Herberger's) end of the mall and run from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
There will be activities for all ages including solar viewing through club members' scopes, a telescope display at our tables, handouts, door prizes, a raffle for a private star party, an "astro-bake sale" and two PowerPoint presentations.
The PowerPoint presentations will be at 11:00 AM ("Our Starry City - The Milky Way Galaxy") and 2:00 PM ("A Universe Filled With Black Holes". See the event poster here; for complete information.
July 18, 2015
For the tenth year in a row, the Big Sky Astronomy Club and Lone Pine State Park will host what has become one of our most popular summertime events on July 18, 2015. Club president, Mark Paulson, will offer an interesting PowerPoint presentation entitled "Stargazing With the Big Sky Astronomy Club" starting at 9 PM in the Visitors' Center conference room. An observing session (lasting until 1 AM) will follow, allowing our visitors to view planets, double stars and several deep-sky objects through our club members' telescopes.
Please mark your calendars for this fun and educational event.
July, August & September 2015
The Big Sky Astronomy Club, in conjunction with Glacier National Park, will once again host three star parties this summer under extremely dark skies at the Logan Pass Visitors' Center parking lot at the summit of Going-To-The-Sun-Road.
The events are extremely popular, with attendance at each event approaching four or five hundred visitors. The three 2015 dates for these fun events are July 10, August 7 and September 4. These dates are Fridays, with the following day (Saturday) reserved as a backup in case of inclement weather on the primary date. Tickets for each event will be available through Glacier National Park. Contact Park Headquarters (406-888-7800) for more information.
August 14 - 16 2015
The Big Sky Astronomy Club will host our fourth annual state-wide star party, Montana Starwatch this summer on private property near Twin Bridges, Montana. The property is owned by BSAC club member Joe Witherspoon. This will be the fourth year that the star party has been held at this wonderful, dark sky site. We are hoping that we won't have a repeat of the excrutiatingly poor weather that we did last year. The weather gods played havoc with our weekend and brought clouds and rain, which allowed us great views of the "H2O Nebula" but nothing else.
Despite the poor weather, everyone's spirits were high and all who braved it had a fun time.
We are planning two great presentations on the Friday and Saturday nights of the star party.
For more information, including a registration form for the event, please see the official Montana Starwatch website at: montanastarwatch.org.
Summer Weekends, 2015
The Big Sky Astronomy Club will once again work with the management of Glacier National Park to put on a very popular Summer Stargazing Program at the Apgar Transit Center on the west side of the park and at St. Mary on the east side. Over the past four years, literally thousands of visitors have had a chance to view sunspots on the face of our Sun during daylight hours and then, each evening, they have had an opportunity to view many of the interesting deep sky objects visible through telescopes of various types and sizes under the truly dark skies found in Glacier.
If you'd like more information on this program, please contact Park Headquartes at 406-888-7800 or visit our "Contact Us" page and send us a message.
November 14, 2013
Big Sky Astronomy Club member Joe Witherspoon and his personal observatory located outside of Twin Bridges, Montana, were featured in a very nice article published in the Missoulian newspaper on Thursday, November 14th, 2013.
The in-depth article described Joe's interest in astronomy, his personal observatory and what prompted his eventual move to Twin Bridges, having lived in the light pollution of Tacoma, Washington for many years.
The article can be read online at the Missoulian's website by clicking here.
September 4, 2013
The Big Sky Astronomy Club was featured in a very nice article published in Kalispell's Daily InterLake newspaper on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013.
The article described our history, our many outreach efforts along with our plans to build an observatory/education center and purchase a portable planetarium for use in our educational outreach.
The article can be read online at the Daily Inter Lake's website by clicking here.