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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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LIGO and Gravitational Waves & Detection
Dr. Peter Fritschel - Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Gravitational waves are among the most interesting predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity. These ripples in the curvature of space-time are emitted by various types of astrophysical bodies, particularly compact objects moving at high velocities....

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.
Upcoming Events
14 Jun Apollo Rendezvous Dayton OH www.mvas.org
17-26 Jun Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
25-28 Jun Green Bank Star Quest www.greenbankstarquest.org
26-29 Jun Cherry Springs Star Party Coudersport PA www.cherrysprings.org
24-27 Jul STELLAFANE Springfield, VT www.stellafane.org
25 Jul - 3 Aug Rockland Summer Star Party, Plainfield MA www.rocklandastronomy.com
19-23 Aug MARS - Medomak Astronomy Retreat and Symposia, Washington ME http://www.medomakretreatcenter.com/starparty.php
22-23 Aug Astronomers Conjunction, Northfield MA www.philharrington.net/astroconjunction
26-27 Sep AstroAssembly, Seagrave Memorial Observatory, N. Scituate RI www.theskyscrapers.org/astroassembly2014
4-Oct ASTRONOMY DAY (autumn) www.astroleague.org
14-23 Oct Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
17-21 Oct Great World Wide Star Count

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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