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The Journal of the British Astronomical Association

For 129 years the Journal has published the observations and work of BAA members. It also contains many other articles and items of interest to all amateur astronomers. It is published six times a year, and sent free to all standard members of the Association. For subscription details for non-members, please contact the BAA office.

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2019 June
Volume 129, Number 3
An asteroid with a mysterious backwards orbit, an aurora expedition caught up in a major incident at sea and how to observe the home of an iconic black hole. 50 years on, we also celebrate the BAA amateurs who supported the Moon landings.
2019 April
Volume 129, Number 2
John Simpson uncovers the truth behind a centuries-old myth, while Venus is the subject of a milestone paper by Richard McKim. Also: a lunar impact caught in the act, Hydra's deep sky delights and saving the night sky.
2019 February
Volume 129, Number 1
From a violent outburst to a cosmic vanishing act, this Journal celebrates recent amateur discoveries. Achievements of early BAA member Alice Cook are to be found alongside present-day research of the Jupiter Section, while for aspiring discoverers, David Arditti explains how to set up a telescope.
2018 December
Volume 128, Number 6
Here is another of Martin Mobberley's superb biographies of early BAA members, as well as Paul Abel's 14th Absolute Beginners tutorial, and some thoughts by David Arditti on the best telescope for an adult beginner.
2018 October
Volume 128, Number 5
Richard McKim reports on the 2012 solar transit of Venus, just in case you cannot wait until the next one in 2117! Also we have the 2nd part of Mike Foulkes’ report on observations of Saturn in 2008/2009, and the Director of the new Equipment & Techniques Section answers an often vital question, ‘What telescope should I give a child?’
2018 August
Volume 128, Number 4
Section Director David Arditti introduces the new Equipment & Techniques Section, and reports from the Mars, Saturn and Comet Sections highlight the planetary observing skills of BAA members.
2018 June
Volume 128, Number 3
Define the size of an asteroid with amateur observations, travel back in time to the BAA in the 1970s, and find your way around the spectacular dark nebulae of the summer sky: plenty for all in this Journal
2018 April
Volume 128, Number 2
Here is Jeremy Shears’ second Presidential Address, and a description by our Jupiter Section Director John Rogers of the remarkable patterns of cyclones discovered at Jupiter’s poles by the Juno spacecraft in orbit around the planet


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