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.


February 2016 Club Meeting


The February 2016 business meeting will take place on Friday the 12th at 7:00pm in the Young Student Center at KSC. Angel Rosario will continue his program on the Astronomical League's Constellation Hunter Program featuring this month the constellations: Orion, Camelopardalis, and Taurus. Observing, weather permitting, will occur following the meeting at the club's Observatory.

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


Astromony League Constellation Hunter Program


The Astronomical League offers many different astronomical observing programs. These programs are designed to provide a direction for your observations and to provide a goal for you. The programs have awards, pins, and public notice to recognize the observers’ accomplishments and for demonstrating their observing skills with a variety of instruments and objects. Our club is continuing its involvment with the Astronomical League's Constellation Hunter Program for 2016. We are providing the resources on this site for successful completion of the Constellation Hunter Program. Begin your quest here.


Co-Sponsored Keene Library Lecture Series


Annually, the Keene Library and Keene Astronomy Club sponsor an astronomy lecture series in February. There are five excellent programs for 2016 scheduled in the Keene Library auditorium to begin on Mondays at 7:00 pm and they are listed here.


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 Winter Constellations


Winter began with the winter solstice which occurred on December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere and ends on March 20th at the spring equinox. The winter constellations are the 12 constellations that fall between 6 hours and 12 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 12 winter 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 autumn/winter.

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 autumn/winter nighttime viewing. Some of these programs even allow you to hold your phoor tablet up to the night sky and see the exact position of the conne stellations. And, of course, trip over to eHow for identification tips. Pretty nifty!


View Tonight's Sky


SkyMaps. And be sure to check out what objects are visible this month for many of the Astronomical League Clubs at "What's Up Doc?", compliments of Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson. Then turn on your printer.


Viewing the ISS and Iridium Flares


Visit 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 recent 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]


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