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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
CURRENT MOON
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December Sky
1 Dec Uranus is just 1/2 degree below and to the right of a waxing gibbous Moon. Look SE an hour after sunset
2 Dec A waxing gibbous Moon occults the 4.3 mag star omicron Piscium. Disappearance and reappearance (Boston) 8:53:53pm EST and 9:18:50pm EST
6 Dec Full (Cold) Moon at 7:27am EST
8 Dec Mercury at superior conjunction
11/12 Dec Jupiter pairs up with a waning gibbous Moon on these mornings. Look SW an hour before sunrise.
14 Dec Geminid meteor shower at peak activity in early morning hours.
18 Dec Algol at mid-eclipse (8:57pm EST)
19 Dec Saturn shines below and left of a waning crescent Moon. Look ESE an hour before sunrise.
21 Dec Winter Solstice at 6:03pm EST
22 Dec Ursid meteors at peak activity this evening. Expect around 10 meteors per hour.
24 Dec Mars is to the left of a waxing crescent Moon. Look SW after sunset.
28 Dec First Quarter Moon at 1:31pm EST. Moon passes close to Uranus at midnight.
Planets in December
Mercury At superior conjunction on the 8th, mercury reappears very low in the SW evening sky at month's end
Venus Also past a recent superior conjunction, Venus emerges from the sun's glare around mid-month .to take its place in the SW evening sky
Mars Mars continues to shine low in the SW sky after sunset.
Jupiter In the western part of Leo, Jupiter rises during the mid-evening hours.
Saturn After a mid-November conjunction, Saturn reappears in the morning twilight sky.
Upcoming Events
4-Oct ASTRONOMY DAY (autumn) www.astroleague.org
14-23 Oct Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
17-18 Oct New England Fall Astronomy Festival Durham, NH (www.physics.unh.edu/observatory/nefaf)
17-31 Oct Great World Wide Star Count (www.windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount)
12-21 Nov Globe at Night www.globeatnight.org
11-20 Dec Globe at Night www.globeatnight.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.
Local Sky Conditions - the darker the better!
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