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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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October Sky
1 Oct First Quarter Moon at 3:33pm EDT
7 Oct Uranus at Opposition
8 Oct Full (Hunter's) Moon at 6:51am EDT TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
15 Oct Last Quarter Moon at 3:12pm EDT
16 Oct Mercury at Inferior conjunction
17-18 Oct Jupiter shares the sky with a waning crescent Moon on these mornings.
21 Oct Orionid meteors at peak activity (~20/hr) in the predawn hours
23 Oct New Moon at 5:57pm EDT. Partial solar eclipse not visible from NE USA
25 Oct Venus at superior conjunction
27-28 Oct Saturn teams up with a waxing crescent Moon on these evenings. Look low in the SW an hour after sunset.
30 Oct First Quarter Moon at 10:48pm EDT
Planets in October
Mercury At inferior conjunction on the 16th, Mercury reappears in the eastern morning sky near month's end.
Venus Venus hides in the sun's glare all month (superior conjunction on the 25th).
Mars As October begins, Mars and the reddish 1st magnitude star Antares form an attractive pair, visible low in the SW after sunset. Mars remains visible all month.
Jupiter Moving from Cancer into Leo, Jupiter rises after midnight (3am on the 1st; 1am on the 31st) and dominates the morning sky.
Saturn Barely visible above the SW horizon after sunset, Saturn disappears into the glare of the setting sun by the end of October.
November Sky
1 Nov Mercury reaches Greatest Western Elongation. A favorable morning apparition!
2 Nov DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS AT 2:00 am (turn clocks BACK one hour)
6 Nov Full (Beaver) Moon at 5:23pm EST
14 Nov Last Quarter Moon at 10:15am EST; visible with Jupiter before sunrise
17 Nov Leonid Meteor Shower near peak activity between midnight and sunrise
18 Nov Saturn in conjunction with the sun
22 Nov New Moon at 7:32am EST
25 Nov Mars shines to the left of a waxing crescent Moon after sunset. Look low in the SW
29 Nov First Quarter Moon at 5:06am EST
Planets in November
Mercury After reaching Greatest Western Elongation on the 1st, Mercury remains well-placed in the morning sky through mid-month. Look low in the ESE 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise.
Venus Having reached superior conjunction with the sun late last month, Venus remains hidden by the sun's glare.
Mars In Sagittarius, Mars (mag 0.9) shines above the SSW horizon after sunset all month.
Jupiter In Leo, Jupiter (mag -2.1) rises late in the evening and rides high above the S horizon before sunrise.
Saturn In conjunction with the sun on the 18th, Saturn isn't visible this month.
Upcoming Events
4-Oct ASTRONOMY DAY (autumn) www.astroleague.org
14-23 Oct Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
17-18 Oct New England Fall Astronomy Festival Durham, NH (www.physics.unh.edu/observatory/nefaf)
17-31 Oct Great World Wide Star Count (www.windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount)
12-21 Nov Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
11-20 Dec Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org

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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