Located in Kennebunk, Maine, the Astronomical Society of
Northern New England (ASNNE) is an all-volunteer non-profit educational
organization founded in 1982 to promote public awareness of astronomy.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced amateur astronomer,
enjoyment and challenges await you as a member of ASNNE. Our activities
include teaching the basics of recognizing the constellations,
observing the stars and planets with telescopes of all sizes,
discussions on a wide variety of astronomy related topics, and organizing outings to special events.
Starfield Observatory in Kennebunk, with its 16' x 32' roll-off roof design, now houses two large telescopes. One is an 8" f/15 Zeiss-Jena refractor and the other is a 16" Meade LX200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain. Follow this link to more information on the StarfieldObservatory.
Outreach and Community Involvement
ASNNE encourages schools, scout troops and other community groups to contact us for presentations, observing sessions and slide shows. We design all programs to fit the particular group. These programs cost nothing and the speakers are not paid. However, all donations to ASNNE are welcomed. Over the years we have hosted approximately 500 star parties for an estimated 20,000 children and adults. With the opening of the observatory we look to dramatically increase our public education activities. (numbers as of 2003)
In addition, ASNNE holds monthly business meetings with strong educational components. The meetings are open to the public. Over the years a number of distinguished speakers in astronomy and related fields have spoken to us. Meetings are held the first Friday of each month 7:30pm at the New School in Kennebunk, Maine. Monthly observing sessions are typically held the Friday closest to the new moon, with a rain date the following evening. See Current Events for up to date information.
How's the weather? Look here:
p>ASNNE Starfield Observatory on WGME-TV! Aired 5-16-07 ( WGME-TV Video Stream)
Scott Baker's Article on ASNNE published in "Around Maine".