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Battle Point Astronomical Association offers introduction to amateur astronomy

Intricate spiral arms contain areas of new star formation in this dusty galaxy called Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370. This galaxy, which lies about 100 million light-years away, toward the direction of the constellation Leo, was home to a supernova that appeared in 1994.   - Photo courtesy of NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team and A. Riess (STScI)
Intricate spiral arms contain areas of new star formation in this dusty galaxy called Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370. This galaxy, which lies about 100 million light-years away, toward the direction of the constellation Leo, was home to a supernova that appeared in 1994.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team and A. Riess (STScI)

The Battle Point Astronomical Association will offer an introduction to amateur astronomy classes at Ritchie Observatory in six sessions from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 19.

“Learn Your Way Around the Night Sky: will be taught by astronomer David Fong and Steve Ruhl, BPAA president. The introductory course will break the universe into manageable chunks, and includes astronomy lectures, working with telescopes and learning about the night sky. Topics include the art of observing, solar system objects, constellations, star hopping, planets, nebulas, galaxies, strange sky phenomena, astrophotography and computer programs. The final class is Oct. 24.

Participants must be 14 or older. Sign-ups run until Sept. 17 through the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (www.biparks.org; course code 531850-01). The cost of $59 includes all six sessions.

The Battle Point Astronomical Association is a nonprofit amateur astronomy organization that operates the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory and John H. Rudolph Planetarium in the Helix House at Battle Point Park.

For more information, call 206-842-9152 or visit www.bpastro.org.

 

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