January 2022

Bright Sky Digest 

Monthly SAS Newsletter
Winter 2021 - 2022 Astrophotography Contest Winner
Object: The Veil Nebula
Image Credit: Ben Hakala

Happy New Year!

We hope that all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday season. There is so much to look forward to in 2022. Whether it be exciting advances in astronomy or being able to see each other face-to-face at star parties and other safe gatherings, we hope that you are as excited as we are for what is to come. 

Making Membership Accessible

Last year, the SAS board formed a committee to investigate ways to make membership more accessible, affordable, and all-encompassing. The board approved the following two new categories for membership:
Binary Star Award: Board members are empowered to recognize outstanding members OR non-members with great potential to contribute to the SAS community by awarding them a free membership. 
Sponsored Membership: A sponsored, pay-what-you-can membership option for those who cannot afford the full $35 membership fee. This membership option will be listed on the website and would allow interested members to self-select if funds are still available. There will be no differentiation between dues paying members and sponsored members, nor will there be a formal application process to be eligible for this membership option. Each year, $210 will be set aside for this fund and it is available until it is depleted. Members have the option to donate into this fund if they wish to keep it going.

Upcoming Events

2022 SAS Annual Banquet
Date, time, and location will be announced soon

Astrophotos needed! If would like to contribute a framed astophoto, please visit the link above. 


Update from Mars Missions with Dave Cuomo
Wednesday, January 19

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Please join us for this exciting virtual presentation!

Bonnie Lake Chapter Family Astronomy Night
Saturday, January 29

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Pierce College 

Learn about motions and patterns in the night sky!

Covington Park Star Party
Friday, February 4

Setup begins: 5:15 p.m. | Covington Community Park
Pending clear skies and good weather.

Meet the 2022 SAS Board!

Elected positions: 
  • President: Aaron Yoon (continuing)
  • VP Activities: Rayna Bauer
  • VP Education: David Ingram (continuing)
  • VP Membership: Alan Spurgeon
  • VP Publicity: Michelle Dallas
  • Secretary: Mary Anderson (continuing)
  • Treasurer: David Hoover (continuing)
Appointed positions:
  • Equipment Managers: Bob Mulford & Darryn Lavery (continuing)
  • Outreach Coordinator: Wendy Froggatt (continuing)
  • Astronomical League Correspondent: David Hoover (continuing)
The bylaws state that an election is to be held each year at the annual meeting in November. New and returning board members are elected by a majority in attendance. The 2022 board election was held on November 10th.
Want to nominate someone for a member spotlight or get more involved with SAS?
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