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The Keene Amateur Astronomers Club is a group of people whose goal is the enhancement of Amateur Astronomy by 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. 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.
The December 2013 business meeting will take place on Friday the 6th at 7:00pm at Bruce Norlund's home in Keene. Observing, weather permitting, will occur following the meeting at the club's Observatory.
Observing will also take place Saturday the 16th beginning at 7:00pm at the club's Observatory, weather permitting.
All members and interested non-members are invited.
For directions, contact our Club Secretary, Bob Taylor, at 802.257.9358.
Comet ISON, discovered by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok on September 21, 2012 with the International Scientific Optical Network's (ISON) 0.4 meter reflector, is but a wisp of itself after encountering the Sun's forces. Check out the encounter sequence at discovery News. Also, wWe encourage you to check the astronomy websites, such spaceweather.com, and those listed in the News menu above for updates on ISON's current status.
In addition to the now fading Comet ISON, check out the current status and viewing possibilities of comets Lovejoy, Encke, and Linear X1. Good resources include: Weekly Information about Bright Comets and Cometography.com. And for Comet Lovejoy in particular, visit EarthSky.
Fall began with the autumn equinox which occurred on September 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere and ends in December at the winter solstice. The autumn constellations are the 13 constellations that fall between 18 hours and 0 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 13 autumn 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 phone or tablet up to the night sky and see the exact position of the constellations. And, of course, trip over to eHow for identification tips. Pretty nifty!
To print out a clear map of this month's sky along with lots of information on the monthly highlights, go to SkyMaps and turn on your printer.
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.
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 D20. [1/20 sec, F5.6, ISO-200, 300MM]