The Knowle Astronomical Society welcome you to our website
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If you're interested in astronomy this is the society for you! Our members range from people with a casual interest in the subject to serious amateurs and professionals. You don't need any specialist knowledge to join, nor do you need to own a telescope. You can also be sure of a friendly welcome.

We normally meet on the first Monday of the month but tend to avoid bank holidays etc. Please check out the meeting dates on the "Meetings Calendar" menu item. 

Doors open at 7.45pm ready for an 8pm start and are held at Dorridge Village Hall, Grange Road, Dorridge, 
SOLIHULL, B93 8QA.
 
Please see the 'About Us' link for more information, including how to get to the venue.
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Meanwhile, check out if tonight will have clear skies; the phase of the moon or if the ISS will be visible at 'Clearoutside.com'.

Also, why not try 'flying' around the Milky Way and view our closest 100,000 stars from your armchair, seeing where our solar system sits in the great scheme of things!!


Also see our 'Sky Notes' for what to see in the night sky this month.
 

News 

The Society’s next meeting will take place on 9th May 2016 at Dorridge Village Hall.
We hope to set up outside the hall af lunch-time to view the Transit of Mercury during the afternoon. 
Doors for the evening meeting open at 7.45pm ready for a 8pm start (or as soon as the chairs are out)!

What to see this month:

The best evening times during April to observe the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, which should then lie on the central meridian of the planet.

1st   23.47         18th 22:49

4th   21:16         20th 21:03

6th   22:54         21st 20:18

9th   20:24         23rd 21:57

11th 22:02         25th 23:25

13th 23:41         30th 22:44

16th 21:10

 

April 16th - mid evening: A waxing Moon nears Jupiter


18th – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. Best chance of seeing Mercury in the evening sky just after sunset.


6th – New Moon


6-7th – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower


9th May - Transit of Mercury