Meeting Dates and Programs

Regular meetings of the Black Hills Astronomical Society are held at 7 p.m. at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City on the third Monday of the month January through May, October and November.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The evening begins with a short video of what constellations can be found in the sky that month. This is followed by a program presented by a member or guest speaker on a topic related to astronomy. Following the program a business meeting is held, at which interested members of the public are welcome.

* Denotes a change in time and or venue from the usual.

2020 Meeting Dates

DateProgram and Presenter
January
20
Arjun Ayyangar, NASA Solar System Ambassador Volunteer, speaking on our moon, "Get to Know Our Neighbor"
February
17
George Gladfelter, "Jupiter and Its Satellites - Information Gathered by the Galileo Probe"
March
16
CANCELLED due to pandemic concerns
April
20
May
18
Richard Walker, Director, Hidden Valley Observatory, "Capturing the Mercury Transit in Real Time"
October
19
Mark Hanhardt, PhD Candidate and Experiment Support Scientist at Sanford Underground Research Facility, TBA
November
16
TBA
December
21
Member Party

2 Comments

  1. Rachel Rasmussen

    To Whom It May Concern,
    Hello, I am Rachel Rasmussen and I teach Astronomy at Rapid City Central High School. Sorry for not getting in contact sooner. I wanted to have a star party with them but didn’t have time to organize one. The weather has been crazy this year. Would it be possible to bring my students to the May 20th program at the Journey? Do you still bring telescopes for the public to do some viewing after the presentation? I realize, it’s not the best location for start gazing but they may get to see some planets? Can students join your club?
    Thanks for letting me know what’s available.
    Sincerely,
    Rachel Rasmussen
    Central High School

    • Hi Rachel;

      Thank you for your interest in the Black Hills Astronomical Society.

      The public is welcome to our regular meetings at the Journey, including on May 20th. However, there is no viewing of the night sky after the presentation. A business meeting typically follows the presentation.

      Students are certainly welcome to join the organization. Prior knowledge or astronomy equipment is not a requirement.

      Richard D. Walker
      BHAS Observatory Director

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