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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
February Sky
6-Feb Venus, Mercury, and a thin waning crescent moon are grouped together in the morning sky. Look low in the SE 45 minutes before sunrise.
7-Feb Mercury at Greatest Western (Morning) Elongation
8-Feb New Moon at 9:39am EST
13-Feb Mercury appears about 4 degrees below and to the left of Venus. Look very low in the SE a half hour before sunrise.
15-Feb First Quarter Moon at 2:46am EST
22-Feb Full (Snow) Moon at 1:20pm EST
24-Feb Jupiter and the moon, a day past full phase, rise together in the East an hour after sunset.
Planets in Feb
Mercury Reached Greatest Western (Morning) Elongation on the 7th. For the first half of the month, Mercury is visible very low in the SE sky, below and to the left of Venus.
Venus Still the dominant object in the predawn sky, but beginning to drop into the twilight glow. Look low in the SE.
Mars In Libra, Mars rises shortly after midnight.
Jupiter Now retrograding in Leo and approaching an early March opposition, Jupiter rises in the east not long after sunset.
Saturn In the non-zodiac constellation Ophiuchus, Saturn rises in the early morning hours.
Upcoming Events
8-14 Feb Winter Star Party - http://scas.org/winter-star-party/
4-10 Apr International Dark Sky Week - http://www.darksky.org/int-l-dark-sky-week-main
9-10 Apr Northeast Astronomy Forum - http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.html
22-23 Apr Lyrids Meteor Shower
1-8 May Texas Star Party - https://texasstarparty.org/
6-7 May Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
9 May Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun.
14 May International Astronomy Day - https://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astrodayform.html
2-5 Jun Cherry Springs Star Party - http://www.cherrysprings.org/
24-30 Jul Maine Astronomy Retreat - M.A.R.S. - http://www.medomakretreatcenter.com/starparty.php
28-29 Jul Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
29 Jul - 6 Aug Summer Star Party - Plainfield, MA - http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/SSP
4-7 Aug Stellafane Convention - http://stellafane.org/convention/
12-13 Aug Perseids Meteor Shower
27 Aug Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
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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