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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. 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.

January 2015 Meeting

The January 2015 business meeting will take place on Friday the 16th at 7:00pm at the Fauxes home in Keene. Vice- President Angel Rosario will present his second program on the Astronomcal League's Constellation Hunter Program featuring this month the winter constellations: Orion, Camelopardalis, and Taurus. Observing, weather permitting, will occur following the meeting at the club's Observatory.

Observing will also take place Saturday the 17th beginning at 7:00pm at the club's Observatory, weather permitting.

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

On-Line Astronomy Courses - Updated
Interested in learning more about Astronmoy? Not sure which area to delve into? How about a free video course with professional presenters? Since the introduction of web browses in the early 1990s, the Internet has become an integeral part of our lives. One exponentially expanding area involved personal education and on-line coursework in particular. There are numerous opportunities for exploring areas of physics and astronomy literally at your fingertips. While the quality may vary, the offerings are vast and many are free. Videos, text, quizzes [with answers], homework [not required], discussion groups, forums, and hang-outs await you.

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  • Coursera and edx offer additional courses throughout the year and many similar video courses are available via iTunes. Why not?

    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 Autumn Constellations

    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 the 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? Here is an excellent article on available resources for iOS or Android devices to guide you in your autumn/winter nighttime viewing. Or check out Stellarium or Cartes du Ciel - excellent free programs for your laptop or desktop. 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!

    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 D20. [1/20 sec, F5.6, ISO-200, 300MM]