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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
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April Sky
6 Apr Jupiter is above and right of a first quarter Moon.
7 Apr First Quarter Moon at 8:27am EST
8 Apr Mars at Opposition
15 Apr Full (Pink) Moon at 3:42am EDT (ECLIPSE!)
17 Apr Saturn and a waning gibbous Moon shine side-by-side in the predawn sky. Look SW
22 Apr Last Quarter Moon at 3:52am EDT
25,26 Apr Venus and a waning crescent Moon pair up in the morning sky. Look ESE
26 Apr Mercury at superior conjunction
29 Apr New Moon at 2:14am EDT
Planets in April
Mercury Mercury is poorly placed in the morning sky on the 1st and reaches superior conjunction with the sun on the 26th.
Venus Venus continues to dominate the morning sky, appearing low in the ESE before sunrise.
Mars Mars reaches opposition in Virgo on the 8th. At magnitude -1.5, it sports a 15 arcsecond wide telescopic disk.
Jupiter In Gemini, Jupiter appears high in the western sky at sunset.
Saturn Saturn, in Libra, rises late in the evening. Opposition occurs on May 10.
May Sky
3,4 May Jupiter shares the early evening sky with a waxing crescent Moon
6 May First Quarter Moon at 11:15pm EDT
10 May Saturn at Opposition
10-11 May Mars pairs up with a waxing gibbous Moon on these evenings
13-14 May A full/near full Moon joins Saturn on these evenings
14 May Full (Flower) Moon at 3:16pm EDT
21 May Last Quarter Moon at 8:59am EDT
24 May New Meteor Shower in Camelopardalis?
25 May Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
25 May Venus shines below a waning crestent Moon this morning
28 May New Moon at 2:40pm EDT
30 May Mercury appears to the right of a waxing crescent Moon. Look low in the WNW an hour after sunset.
31 May Jupiter lies above a waxing crescent Moon after sunset
Planets in May
Mercury A good month to view Mercury, which reaches Greatest Elongation (East) on the 25th. Best time is from midmonth on. Look low in the WNW an hour after sunset.
Venus Venus shines bright, but low in the eastern morning sky and hour before sunrise all month.
Mars Having passed opposition last month, Mars remains in Virgo, fading from magnitude -1.2 to -0.5.
Jupiter An evening planet in Gemini, Jupiter appears high in the western sky at sunset.
Saturn In Libra, Saturn arrives at opposition on May 10.
Upcoming Events
15-Apr Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible near sunset.ėA total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbr
10-May ASTRONOMY DAY (spring) www.astroleague.org/ASTRONOMY DAY at Clay Center (www.clayobservatory.org)
22-26 May RTMC EXPO Big Bear City, CA www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org
25 May - 1 Jun TEXAS STAR PARTY Ft. Davis, TX texasstarparty.org
24-27 Jul STELLAFANE Springfield, VT www.stellafane.org
25 Jul - 3 Aug Rockland Summer Star Party, Plainfield MA www.rocklandastronomy.com
4-Oct ASTRONOMY DAY (autumn) www.astroleague.org

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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