British Astronomical Association

British Astronomical Association

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British Astronomical Association

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The British Astronomical Association, BAA, is the senior national association of amateur astronomers in the UK.


It was founded in London in 1890.


It encourages observational astronomy by non-professionals in areas which cannot be covered by professional observatories. Members receive the Journal of the British Astronomical Association bi-monthly; a ; an annual handbook (of charts and astronomical events); and access to meetings and the association's collections of books and equipment.


  • The encouragement of all aspects of observational astronomy and the association of observers at all levels for mutual help.
  • The promotion of a general interest in astronomy for beginners as well as for the more advanced.
  • The circulation of current astronomical information and observational material.
  • The support of modern advanced techniques for observation, data handling and scientific presentation of results.
  • The presentation of medals and prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions to astronomy.


It is organized into a number of which specialize in the various aspects of astronomy. It also founded and sponsors the Campaign for Dark Skies. It is situated next to the Royal Academy of Arts.


Patrick Moore was possibly the youngest member of the organization ever—he joined at the age of 11.


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