January 6: Holiday Quiz Night: The Hubble Space Telescope.

Join us as we bring snacks to share; beverages will be provided. The featured presentation will be “A night with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)”. Test your knowledge and review all we have learned from the fabulous HST.

All our meetings are public, beginning at 7:30 pm at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Ave., Ambler, 19002. Look for the black and yellow BMA2 signs

December 2: Astronomy Flea Market

Our December 2 meeting will feature a brief show-and-tell session followed by an ASTRONOMY FLEA MARKET of items such as telescopes, binoculars, telescope accessories, astrophotography equipment, tripods, mounts and books. Since we are cleaning out our closets, we don’t know exactly what items will turn up. Tables will be available for members of BMAA, other astronomy club members or the public. There will be no charge but all items must be related to astronomy; pricing and purchasing of items will be in cash between the seller and buyer.

The public is welcome to this and all monthly BMAA meetings. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002 (About ¼ mile from the Butler pike exit of the 309 Expressway). Look for the yellow and black BMAA signs.

November 4 Meeting: Share your 2015 Photographs

Our featured presentation will be sharing our 2015 astronomy-related photographs. All categories (nightscapes, solar, planetary, deep sky, etc.) and skill levels (beginner to expert) are welcome. We’ll view the photographs and hear about the techniques and equipment used to obtain them. The public is welcome to attend; bring your photographs and questions.

Total Lunar Eclipse Event at Tyler State Park, Sunday, September 27th

Many of us met along “Main Park Road” at the Play Field parking lot at Tyler State Park. The Lunar Eclipse played out over the course of several hours with a gradual darkening of the Moon starting around 9 PM and a coppery color full eclipse phase beginning a little after 10 PM till 11:20 PM, then the process reversed as Earth’s shadow slid off the Moon bringing back the full illumination. Even though skies were partially overcast, we managed to view many of the phases of the eclipse. Additionally, many were able to capture wonderful photographs, once again demonstrating the enhanced “seeing” of the camera over the eye, especially under adverse conditions.

October 7 Monthly Meeting: Black Holes!

October 7:   Our featured presentation is BLACK HOLES! Kelli C. Spangler MS, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Montgomery County Community College, will focus on Black Hole theories of evolution which are going through an evolution of their own.  With new data arriving regularly, astronomers have discovered conditions of the early universe that not only challenged theories of black holes but also stellar and galactic evolution.  This presentation will review the initial theories of and discuss the new data and theories of black hole evolution to explain inconsistencies that were, until now, unresolvable.

Kelli is a dynamic and engaging presenter; this presentation will certainly be both stimulating and enjoyable!

Kelli is a tenured faculty member at Montgomery County Community College where she has taught Physics and Astronomy for 13 years.  She received her BS in Astrophysics from Colgate University and MS in Physics from Drexel University.