Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Sea the Stars Cruise
We wish upon them, gaze at them, aim for them, and sometimes even thank our lucky ones! For centuries, stars have fascinated us, guided us, and provided us with nighttime illumination and splendor. Sadly, the abundance of bright lights and tall buildings has made stargazing for city dwellers difficult at best and often pretty much impossible. But fear not, amateur astronomers and celestial connoisseurs, the Museum of Science and Boston Harbor Cruises have teamed up to bring you the Sea the Stars Cruise!
Onboard a high-speed catamaran, you'll travel to where the city lights and congestion are just a bright memory for a stargazing opportunity like no other in the city.
Cruise highlights include:
Three-hour cruise aboard a high-speed catamaran from Long Wharf, Boston
Expert commentary and star identification from Museum of Science Astronomy Educators
Narration on the history and importance of celestial navigation – how sailors used the stars
Related video and content
Plenty of outdoor viewing space
Comfortable indoor seating
Cash Bar and snacks available onboard
Please note: Stargazing is dependent on clear skies. If forecasts show that clouds or precipitation will rule out good viewing, the cruise will be cancelled. Decisions on any cancellation will be made by 2:00 pm on the day of the cruise. Ticket passengers will be notified and refunds will be made. If, during the cruise, visibility limits successful stargazing, passengers will receive a rain check to return for a future Sea the Stars Cruise.
For tickets and more information, visit bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-cruises/sea-the-stars-cruise
Sponsored by Boston Harbor Cruises.
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10 PM
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Topic and Speaker: "The Great American Eclipse"
Where were you on August 21, 2017? If you were an ATMoB member, you might have been anywhere along a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina taking in the totality of the Great American Solar Eclipse. If you weren’t able to travel to the “sweet spot,” you might have taken in the partial eclipse from your back yard or from the above-mentioned gathering at the ATMoB clubhouse. At our September meeting, we’ll celebrate the event with first-hand member accounts. Already scheduled are talks by Bernie Volz (the ATMoB Missouri total eclipse trip), Phil Levine (the Clubhouse partial eclipse party), and 8th-grade Project CATE participant Arianna Roberts (whose role in this Citizen Science solar eclipse project was funded to a great extent by ATMoB). Arrangements to add brief reports by other ATMoB eclipse chasers are still pending, so stay tuned!
Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers
Northfield Mountain Recreational and Environmental Center
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:30 PM
CfA Public Observatory Night
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Topic and Speaker: "We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe", Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics & PhD in Robotics, and Daniel Whiteson, particle physicist & researcher at CERN
There are so many things we don’t know about the Universe. For example, what is most of the Universe made of? What is dark matter? Where does dark energy come from? Why does the universe have a speed limit? What (or who) is attacking earth with tiny, super-fast particles? And for that matter…what is matter? After generations of human research, brilliant scientific minds, and crazy technological advances we can confidently answer all of these questions the same way: we have no idea. In their new book We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, Cham and Whiteson investigate why a vast portion of our universe (read: most of it) is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. After the talk, copies of Cham and Whiteson’s book "We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe" will be available for purchase and signing.
Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Acadia Night Sky
Acadia National Park, ME
Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Astronomical Society of New Haven
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 3:00 PM - ???
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Club Picnic
Westford, MA, 01886