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 1st February 2016 at Dorridge Village Hall.
Doors open at 7.45pm ready for a 8pm start (or as soon as the chairs are out)!


WHAT TO SPOT in February 2016


Astro Photography Target of the Month

M81 (Bode’s Galaxy) & 

M82 (Cigar Galaxy) 

near the Plough.


Jupiter remains a good target throughout the month. Check out the Red Spot on:

2nd   20:11         16th 21:40

4th   21.48         18th 23:18

6th   23:36         21st 20:47

7th   19:18         23rd 22:25

9th   20:56         28th 21:32

11th 22:33        

14th 20:02


Alignment of 5 planets still visible for a week or so!

10th-13th Just before dawn in the East: Mercury & Venus less than 4deg apart.

23rd: Jupiter & full Moon close together.