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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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“Gravitational Wave Update”
Robert Naeye - Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM
At our March meeting, Bob Naeye gave a brief presentation on the discovery of gravitational waves. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) had issued a press release the previous month which indicated confirmation of gravitational...

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
May Sky
6 May New Moon at 3:30pm EDT
7 May Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter at 12:39am EDT
9 May MERCURY TRANSIT!!! (7:12AM - 2:42PM EDT)
13 May First Quarter Moon at 1:02pm EDT
14 May Spring Astronomy Day Jupiter and a waxing gibbous Moon appear together tonight
21 May Full (Flower) Moon at 5:14pm EDT Mars, Saturn, and Antares nearby
22 May Mars at Opposition
29 May Last Quarter Moon at 8:12am EDT
Planets in May
Mercury Inferior conjunction on the 9th Transit! Reappears late in the month in the ENE morning sky
Venus Too close to the sun to observe (superior conjunction next month)
Mars In Scorpius, Mars reaches opposition on the 22nd and is visible all night long
Jupiter In Leo, Jupiter is high in the southern sky after sunset
Saturn In Ophiuchus, Saturn rises during early evening hours
June Sky
3-Jun Saturn at Opposition
4-Jun New Moon at 11:00pm EDT
5-Jun Mercury at Greatest Western (Morning) Elongation
6-Jun Venus at superior conjunction
11-Jun Jupiter and a first quarter Moon shine side-by-side tonight
12-Jun First Quarter Moon at 4:10am EDT
17-18 Jun A nearly full Moon joins Mars, Saturn, and Antares on these evenings
20-Jun Full (Strawberry) Moon at 7:02am EDT
20-Jun Summer Solstice at 6:34pm EDT
27-Jun Last Quarter Moon at 2:19pm EDT
Planets in Jun
Mercury Visible low in the ENE morning sky for most of the month. Greatest Western Elongation on the 5th
Venus Not Visible (superior conjunction on the 6th)
Mars Now in Libra and just past opposition, Mars dominates the SE sky after sunset
Jupiter In Leo, Jupiter shines brightly in the WSW sky after sunset
Saturn In Ophiuchus, Saturn arrives at opposition on the 3rd and is visible all night long
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 Observer’s 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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