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M104 The Sombrero Galaxy In Virgo
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The Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, Inc. (ATMoB) is an astronomy club devoted to telescope making, observing, and studying the heavens. The ATMoB was founded in 1934 with the cooperation of Dr. Harlow Shapley at Harvard College Observatory.

We meet formally every month (except August) to hear a speaker, to discuss club activities, and to socialize. Membership is open to all those interested in pursuing astronomy as a hobby.  For additional details...
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Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, except August.

Meetings are held in Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and are open to the public.

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List of Upcoming Astronomical Events brought to you by the Observing Committee
Tonight's SkyExternal Link
October Sky
3-Oct Venus shines below a thin waxing crescent Moon, both visible low in the WSW 30 minutes after sunset
9-Oct First Quarter Moon at 12:33am EDT
15-Oct Uranus at Opposition
16-Oct Full (Hunter's) Moon at 12:23am EDT
19-Oct Aldebaran Occulted by a waning gibbous Moon (1:50am EDT - 2:52am EDT in Boston)
21-Oct Orionid Meteors peak this morning
22-Oct Last Quarter Moon at 4:04pm EDT
27-Oct Mercury at Superior Conjunction
27-Oct Antares, Venus, and Saturn form a straight line this morning. Look SW a half hour after sunset
28-Oct Jupiter appears next to a thin waning crescent Moon. Look low in the ESE sky 40 minutes before sunrise.
30-Oct New Moon at 1:38pm EDT
Planets in Oct
Mercury Mercury is well-placed in the morning sky during the first half of the month. Look low in the eastern sky 45 minutes before sunrise. Close pair-up with Jupiter (VERY low in the east) on the morning of the 11th
Venus Venus shines brightly, but low above the WSW to SW horizon after sunset. Pairs with Saturn near month's end.
Mars In Sagittarius, Mars sets in the early evening
Jupiter After a late September conjunction, Jupiter reappears in the eastern morning sky around midmonth
Saturn Low in the SW sky, Saturn sets a few hours after sunset. Shares the sky with Venus near month's end
Upcoming Events
3 Sep Neptune at Opposition
7 Oct Draconids Meteor Shower.
15 Oct Uranus at Opposition
21-22 Oct Orionids Meteor Shower
4-5 Nov Taurids Meteor Shower
17-18 Nov Leonids Meteor Shower
13-14 Dec Geminids Meteor Shower
21-22 Dec Ursids Meteor Shower

Sources: NASA JPL Space Calendar, StarDate Online, Sky & Telescope, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, RASC Observerís Handbook, Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar and Astronomy Magazine.
Thanks to Glenn Chaple for compiling the data, and to Andrew MacKenzie for the code that makes this work.
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