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The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society began in 1998 as an astronomy club with Rio Rancho High School.  Soon after its founding the club expanded to become an public club, independent of the high school.  Over the years, we have grown and expanded, with new members coming and going, to the current public club we are today.  We are open to all types of members, from beginning astronomers to seasoned veterans.   And no, you don't need to be a master observer or even own a telescope to join.  All you need are a good pair of eyes and willingness to learn.

Upcoming Club Events
Friday, January 11th,  7:30 PM

The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its monthly public meeting on Friday, January 11th  starting at 7:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at Rainbow Park Observatory, located at 301 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho (behind Rainbow Pool).  RRAS Member Darin Templet will give a talk on Deep Sky Observing.  The meeting is free and open to the public, and telescopes will be set up for observing after the meeting, weather permitting.
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Sunday, January 20th Total Lunar Eclipse

The Rainbow Park Observatory will open on Sunday January 20th starting at 7:00 PM for a total eclipse of the moon.  Eclipse times are shown in the table below.



7:36 pM

Penumbral Eclipse begins. The  Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.

8:33 pM

Partial Eclipse begins. Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.

9:41 pM

Total Eclipse begins. Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.

10:12 pM

Maximum Eclipse. Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

10:43 pM

Total Eclipse ends. Total moon eclipse ends.

11:50 pM

Partial Eclipse ends. Partial moon eclipse ends.

12:48 AM

Penumbral Eclipse ends. The Earth's penumbra ends.

For more information, contact RRAS Vice-President, Melanie Templet  at 505-220-5355.
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