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Welcome - What We Do

The Keene Amateur Astronomers Club is a group of people whose goal is the enhancement of Amateur Astronomy by education, fellowship, sharing knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby. The KAA Club provides outreach programs paticularly with the Keene public library and holds monthly viewing sessions at our own observatory. Regular monthly club meetings are held at the Keene State college. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Our membership is open to students, parents, beginners, backyard amateurs and also experienced professionals. And we provide opportunities for our members to grow in one of the greatest hobbies in this world or any other!

Founded in 1957, our club has a long and distinguished history and is a non-profit corporation registered with the State of New Hampshire. We are also members of the Astronomical League and participate in the annual Stellafane Convention which is consistently rated as one of America’s top Star Parties.

April 2015 Meeting

The April 2015 business meeting will take place on Friday the 17th at 7:00pm in the Student Center at Keene State College. Vice-President Angel Rosario will continue his program on the Astronomcal League's Constellation Hunter Program featuring this month the winter constellations: Cancer, Canis Minor, Lynx. Observing, weather permitting, will occur following the meeting at the club's Observatory.

Observing will also take place Saturday the 25th beginning at 8:30pm at the Otter Brook Dam, weather permitting.

All members and interested non-members are invited. Contact the club Secretary for directions.

Physics Department at KSC Offers Weekly Observing

Dr. Sarah MacGregor, Physics Dept.-KSC, has alerted us that Steve Harfenist, Keith Goodale, and herself from the Physics department at Keene State College have been doing public observing several nights a month either up at Otter Brook Dam or on Apian Way at the college. They drag out telescopes and spend a couple of hours star gazing. This observing is open to the public and will take place weekly until April 30th. Check the observing schedule for the dates and locations. See you there!

Need A Daily Space News Fix?

So you have a basic need to find out the latest discoveries and theories concerning the vast area above you? Well, look no further. Check out these websites to start your search:

  • Your Daily News Offerings
  • When you read Astronomy or Sky & Telescope magazine, you will find short news articles clipped from journals. For in-depth information
    on articles, try Phys.org. And if your favorite space news website is not here, just let us know.

    The Spring Constellations

    Spring began with the vernal equinox which occured on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere and ends on June 21st at the summer solstice. The spring constellations are the 12 constellations that fall between 12 hours and 18 hours Right Ascension. Here are several resources to help you in your viewing during the coming months.

    The American Association of Amateur Astronomers provides a list of the 15 spring constellations and a detailed map of the sky. They also provide similar information for the other seasons.

    StarrySkies.com also has a nice interactive map of the stars of spring.

    For greater details on the sky's wonders, move your fingers over to the star website at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Or check out the details of the constellations and their stars at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

    Are you looking to download a star chart or constellation map app for your smartphone or tablet computer? Here is an excellent article on available resources to guide you in your spring nighttime viewing. Some of these programs even allow you to hold your phone or tablet up to the night sky and see the exact position of the constellations. And, of course, trip over to the Apple Store or Gizmo's for a review of excellent astronomy software for your desktop/laptop. Pretty nifty!

    View Tonight's Sky

    To print out a map of this month's sky along with lots of information on the monthly highlights, go to SkyMaps and turn on your printer.

    Viewing the ISS and Iridium Flares

    To view the upcoming ISS paths and/or the Iridium flares, log into Heavens Above and input your observing site coordinates. Check for sighting information on the International Space Station and on the Iridium satellites.

    A Recent Club Star Party
    The left photo below was taken at a 2014 star party at the Keene observatory with members from SoVerA, KAA, and the KSC CALL program. The photo on the right is is a shot of the inside the observatory with members Jim Faux, Phinie Faux, and Bob Taylor. Both photos were taken by Claudio Veliz, SoVerA/KAA.
    Never Leave Your Camera Home...

    The above image of our moon was photographed by Jim Faux on September 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm in North Truro, MA as a jet was lifting off from Logan Airport. The image was taken with a handheld Canon 20D. [1/20 sec, F5.6, ISO-200, 300MM]