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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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Tonight's SkyExternal Link
May Sky
3 May Full (Flower) Moon at 11:42pm EDT
6 May Saturn appears beside a waning gibbous Moon. Look SW an hour before sunrise.
7 May Mercury at Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation. Look low in the WNW an hour after sunset.
11 May Last Quarter Moon at 6:36am EDT
18 May New Moon at 12:13am EDT
21 May Venus shines above and to the right of a waxing crescent Moon. Look WNW an hour after sunset.
22 May Saturn at Opposition
23 May Jupiter is the bright "star" that appears above a waxing crescent moon after sunset.
25 May First Quarter Moon at 1:19pm EDT
27 May Double Shadow Transit of Jupiter moons Io and Ganymede. Begins at 10:01pm EDT
30 May Mercury at inferior conjunction
Planets in May
Mercury Favorable evening elongation (greatest on the 7th). Visible low in the WNW an hour after sunset
Venus Continues to dominate the western sky after sunset, remaining visible for 3 hours.
Mars Disappears in the glare of the setting sun at month's end.
Jupiter In Cancer; well-placed for observing in the evening sky
Saturn At opposition this month and visible all night long
June Sky
1,2 Jun Saturn shines near a Full Moon
2-Jun Full (Strawberry) Moon at 2:19pm EDT
4-Jun Double Shadow Transit of Jupiter moons
6-Jun Venus at Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation. Look WNW an hour after sunset.
9-Jun Last Quarter Moon at 11:42am EDT
14-Jun Mars in conjunction with the sun
16-Jun New Moon at 10:05am EDT
19,20 Jun A waxing crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter form a spectacular grouping on these evenings. Look W an hour after sunset
21-Jun Summer Solstice at 12:28pm EDT
24-Jun Mercury at Greatest Western (Morning) Elongation. Poor apparition.
24-Jun First Quarter Moon at 7:03am EDT
28-Jun Saturn and a waxing gibbous Moon are extremely close together tonight
28-Jun The moon occults the 4th magnitude star Theta Librae at 11:13pm EDT
30-Jun Venus/Jupiter conjunction!!! The two are just 0.3 degrees apart in the WNW sky after sunset.
Planets in June
Mercury At elongation in the morning sky during the last 3 weeks of June, but poorly placed for northern observers.
Venus Reaches Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation on the 6th; heading for a spectacular conjunction with Jupiter at month's end.
Mars Not visible this month (conjunction with the Sun on the 14th)
Jupiter Low in the western sky at sunset. Look for a striking conjunction with Venus at month's end.
Saturn In Libra. Past opposition, Saturn remains visible through most of the evening
Upcoming Events
5-6 May Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
7-May Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
9-18 May Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
10-17 May Texas Star Party Ft. Davis TX (texasstarparty.org)
23-May Saturn at Opposition
21-25 May RTMC Astronomy Expo Big Bear City CA (www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org)
6-Jun StarConn Middletown CT (asgh.org/starconn/index.htm)
6-Jun Venus reaches its greatest angular distance - 45 degrees to the east of the sun
8-17 Jun Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
11-14 Jun Cherry Springs Star Party Harrisburg PA (www.astrohbg.org/CSSP)
21-Jun June Solstice
24-Jun Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
30-Jun Venus/Jupiter conjunction - 1/4 degree separation
7-16 Jul Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
10-12 Jul Astronomer's Conjunction Northfield MA (www.philharrington.net/astroconjunction)
14-Jul New Horizons at Pluto
15-19 Jul Mason Dixon Star Party Wellsville PA (masondixonstarparty.org)
28-29 Jul Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
5-14 Aug Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
12-Aug Perseid Meteor Shower
13-16 Aug Stellafane Springfield VT (stellafane.org)
16-22 Aug Maine Astronomy Retreat, Washington, Maine, hosted by Kelly Beatty and Bruce Berger. http://www.medomakretreatcenter.com/starparty.php
1-Sep Neptune at Opposition
3-12 Sep Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
4-Sep Moon occults Aldeberan
4-Sep Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
19-Sep Astronomy Day (fall)
23-Sep September Equinox
27-28 Sep Lunar Eclipse
1-Oct Newly discovered comet C/2013 US10 Catalina may reach naked eye visibility on October 1. The comet will continue to brighten and could reach magnitude 5 by November 6.
2-16 Oct Great World Wide Star Count (hwww.windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount
3-12 Oct Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
8-Oct Draconids Meteor Shower
11-Oct Uranus at Opposition
21-22 Oct Orionids Meteor Shower
26-Oct Venus/Jupiter Conjunction - 1 degree separation
26-Oct Venus at Greatest Western Elongation
28-Oct Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter
2-11 Nov Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
5-12 Nov Taurid meteor shower
17-18 Nov Leonids Meteor Shower
2-11 Dec Globe at Night (www.globeatnight.org)
7-Dec Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
13-14 Dec Geminids Meteor Shower
21-22 Dec Ursids Meteor Shower
22-Dec December Solstice
29-Dec Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation.

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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