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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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Minor Planet Center Operations
Michael Rudenko - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Michael Rudenko has worked at the MPC since 2009 as an IT Specialist. He created the MPC's public facing relational database, web interface and related pages. He is presently engaged in modernizing the MPC observation processing, orbit computation and...

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
Tonight's SkyExternal Link
April Sky
7-Apr New Moon at 7:24am EDT
10-Apr Aldebaran is occulted by a waxing crescent Moon from 6:49pm - 7:55pm EDT
13-Apr First Quarter Moon at 11:59pm EDT
17-Apr Jupiter and a waxing gibbous Moon shine side-by-side in Leo tonight
18-Apr Mercury at Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation
22-Apr Full Moon at 1:24am EDT
25-Apr A waning gibbous Moon, Saturn, Mars, and Antares are grouped together in the SSW morning sky
29-Apr Last Quarter Moon at 11:29pm EDT
Planets in Apr
Mercury At Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation on the 18th, Mercury is well-seen low in the WNW an hour after sunset.
Venus Heading towards a June superior conjunction with the sun, Venus disappears in the glow of the rising sun.
Mars Approaching an opposition next month, Mars rises late in the evening and is high in the south before sunrise.
Jupiter Just past opposition, Jupiter is well-seen in the evening sky.
Saturn In Ophiuchus, Saturn forms a striking pair with nearby Mars.
Upcoming Events
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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