Bainbridge Island is home to a planetarium and the largest publicly accessible telescope in the Northwest. The Battle Point Astronomical Association (BPAA) holds regular planetarium shows and telescope viewings that are open to the public at the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

In this podcast, Dr. Erica Saint Clair tells BCB host Sonia Scaer about the upcoming Planetarium Show on Saturday evening June 13th at 8:30 pm. This family event about visiting the planets and exploring with planetary rovers is sure to inspire wonder and mystery. Erica’s topic that evening will be “Exploring our Solar System”.

If the sky is clear, visitors will be invited after the presentation to view the stars and planets of the night sky through the telescopes of BPAA astronomers.

Erica explains: “From our first interplanetary landing on Venus to roving around Mars our venture to explore the solar system around us has been fraught with obstacles, heartache and unthinkable triumph. For the past 6 decades we have been exploring our solar system with landers, rovers, and probes. Spend the evening learning about the history and future of humankind’s interaction with our other planets and top it off with viewing Venus, the first planet to have a probe successfully landed upon it, through our observatory telescopes.”

Battle Point Astronomical Association welcomes individual and family memberships. Gain access to classes, talks and even the ability to check out telescopes allowing you to view the night sky all month long from the comfort of your own backyard.

The evening is free to BPAA members. A $2 donation is suggested for nonmembers, and $5 for families. For more information about the Association, see

Credits: BCB host: Sonia Scaer; BCB editor and publisher: Barry Peters.