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, October, November, and January through May, and usually begin with a program of interest to the general public and the members.  All programs are free and open to the public.  Following the program a business meeting is held, at which interested members of the public are welcome.

2019 Meeting Dates

DateProgram and Presenter
January 21Dr. Craig Howe, "Explorations of the Lakota Universe"
February 18Arjun Avyangar, "Black Holes"
March 18George Gladfelter, How did this astronomy thing get started, and what's it doing for us today?
April 15Nick Chmielewski, "Orbit Determination from Astrophotography"
May 20Frank Belinski, "The Jovian System, Part 1: Jupiter's Properties, Atmosphere, and Environment"
October 21George Gladfelter, “What’s Up There to be Seen, and How Do I See It or Image It?"
November 18Rodney Michael, MD, "Asteroid Imaging - The 4 Vesta Project"
December 16Member Party


  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.
    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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