Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:00 PM
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting
60 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Variable stars have always been the most intriguing (and fun) targets for observers, professional and amateur alike. Stellar variability, both intrinsic and extrinsic, provide unique insights in critical stages of stellar evolution, help determine distances to nearby galaxies and add to our understanding of explosion physics and chemical enrichment of the Milky Way. I will introduce some of the most common aspects of stellar variability and their significance in astrophysics. I will discuss their common light curves identifiers, and present work by AAVSO observers that has led to cutting-edge scientific discoveries throughout the years. Finally, I will discuss how you can participate in variable star observations from your back yard, contributing to the AAVSO International Database and to cutting-edge science.
Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.
Monday, December 31, 2018, 6:30 PM - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) New Years Eve Party
Come and see comets this New Year's Eve!
The eating and festivities will start at 6:30 PM Monday evening, and will continue past midnight. Arrive at any time, since there will be 8 opportunities in all to shout "Happy New Year". Noisemakers and cheers will ring out each time the New Year crosses a time zone, starting with Greenwich Mean Time (7 PM local time), and continuing hour after hour through Eastern Standard Time (midnight local time), with a couple of half hour celebrations in between.
Stop by with your family and friends. No RSVP is needed.
Please bring something tasty to share. Entrée type dishes are always very welcome. Folks arrive and leave all evening and the party seems to start again with each new group. There will be plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
The Clubhouse will be warm and the party is on regardless of the weather. Don't forget your warm observing clothes and boots, and bring a telescope and camera if you like. The club's observatories will be open for observing too.Comets 46P/Wirtanen and 38P/Stephan-Oterma will both be in Lynx on Dec. 31st. Moonrise will be at 2:49 EST the morning of January 1st, so deep sky observing will be lots of fun at the club's observatories.
We will have line dancing led by Julie Kaufmann, and we are hoping to have live music again this year.
Clubhouse vacuuming, setting up tables, and putting up decorations will take place at the Saturday, December 29th Work Party. Help is needed. No experience necessary.
Any party suggestions or questions are welcome, so please email them to Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 978-501-6342 (day) or 978-456-3937 (evening).
For one set of directions to the ATMoB Clubhouse in Westford, see the last page of the ATMoB newsletter, or go to www.atmob.org and look for directions to the Clubhouse under About ATMoB. There are, of course, many other routes that may be shorter for you.
Please come and have fun and thank the members of the New Year’s Eve Committee: Eileen Myers, Al Takeda, Julie Kaufmann, John Reed, and ...