Bangalore Astronomical Society
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The Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) is a society of amateur astronomers and other interested individuals, headquartered in Bangalore. The primary objective of the BAS is to promote and popularize Astronomy as a hobby and science.
The society was founded in 2006 and registered as not-for-profit organization. In the initial days, members used to meet virtually over Orkut and then eventually they decided to form a not-for-profit organization.
BAS today has over 1,000 members and the group is active through Google Groups and through its star parties.
Most of BAS Administrative tasks and its activities are handled by its volunteers. Volunteers hail from different walks of life, most being working professionals or students. BAS neither employs nor provides stipends for anybody involved in its activities or administration.
BAS's activities broadly fall under Observing, Instrumentation, Outreach, Workshops and Meetings respectively. BAS Activities are normally open to one and all. BAS organizes, motivates and encourages its members to volunteer in Astronomy popularization and outreach initiatives. BAS Activities are normally announced and promoted solely on the web and sometimes with voluntary intervention from the media.
- "Bangalore Astronomical Society"
- "Stars in Their Eyes". Bangalore Mirror. Bangalore. September 14, 2009.
- "We lived at the right moment". Deccan Herald. Bangalore. 23 July 2009.
- "Taking amateur astronomy a notch higher". Deccan Herald. Bangalore. May 16, 2012.
- "City gears up for transit of Venus". The Hindu. Bangalore. June 5, 2012.