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.


May 2017 Club Meeting & Observing


On Friday, May 19th, we have our monthly formal club meeting at our club Observatory in Sullivan at 7pm. Contact the club Secretary for directions. Our May program will feature several presentations, a NASA podcast of the May & June skies, interesting aspects including the mythology of the six constellations below, and other timely topics.
Following the meeting, weather cooperating, members will adjurn to the club's Sullivan Observatory for nocturnal viewing.

On Saturday, May 20th, we have our monthly formal observing at our club Observatory in Sullivan at 8pm. Contact the club Secretary for directions.

Club Topics For you Between Our Monthly Meetings


As the year progresses, club members focus on different visible constellations. Prior to our May meeting, we encourage you to check out these constellations : Ursa Major, Coma Berenices, and Canes Venatici along with Bootes, Uras Minor, and Corona Borealis. For an overview of the celestial objects for the month, check out: NASA's "What's up"; Dr. Clevenson's "What's Up Doc?"; a monthly star chart: "Sky Maps"; and the weekly: "The Sky This Week".

Need A Daily Space News Fix?


Interested in the latest discoveries and theories concerning the vast area above you? Well, look no further. Check out these websites to start your search:

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.


Astromony League Constellation Hunter & Lunar Observation Programs


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 and Lunar Observation Program for 2016. We are providing the resources on this site for successful completion of both of excellent and rewarding activities.

The Constellation Hunter Program provides an orientation to the sky for astronomers. No special equipment (other than a planisphere and a reference for the brighter star names), and no prior knowledge. The objective is to provide a forum for the observer to become more familiar with the constellations and brighter stars and to begin to learn to navigate among the stars.

The Lunar Observation Program provides an opportunity to observe 100 special features of our moon and is well suited for the young, inexperienced observer as well as the older observer just getting into our hobby since no special observing skills are required. It is well balanced because it develops naked eye, binocular, and telescopic observing skills.


The Spring Constellations

Spring begins with the vernal equinox which occurs 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.

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 [iOS], greenbot [Android], or Amazing Telescopes [desktop/laptop] for a review of excellent astronomy software for your phone/tablet/desktop/laptop. 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 the International Space Station was taken by Gabe Klueh on August 11th, 2016, at the KAA Perseid Meteor Star Party at the club's Observatory. Gabe used his Canon Rebel T3i [f/5, 8mm, 25sec., ISO 3200] and his tripod.


Sun and Moon - Keene, NH

Clear Sky Chart - Keene, NH

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Chart courtesy of ClearDarkSky.com

Clear Outside - Keene, NH

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Tonight's Sky - Keene, NH

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