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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 a 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 a willingness to learn.

Our monthly meetings are usually held at Rainbow Park Observatory 301 Southern Blvd in Rio Rancho.  The building is located behind Rainbow Park Pool (See map link at right).  The monthly meeting is usually on the Friday of the month that is between New Moon and First Quarter Moon, starting at 7:30 PM and a public stargaze follows each meeting, weather permitting.

Upcoming Club Events

Monday, November 11, 8:00 AM

Transit of Mercury

On Monday, 2019 November 11, Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2016. The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. As seen from Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century. In comparison, transits of Venus occur in pairs with more than a century separating each pair.

Rainbow Park Observatory will open to the public for this event.  The Observatory opens at 8:00 AM (the transit starts before local sunrise), and the transit will end at 11:04 AM.

Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 PM

How to Use a Telescope

Curious about New Mexico's beautiful night sky?  A member of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will introduce astronomy basics and how to use and borrow one of the Rio Rancho Public Library's Orion Starblast 4.5 telescope kits.  This program is a NASA @ my Library program.

Event will be at the Loma Colorado Main Library at 755 Loma Colorado Blvd, NE on Nov 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

2019 Meeting Dates

Jan 11, 2019

7:30 PM

Feb 8, 2019

7:30 PM

Mar 8, 2019

7:30 PM

Apr 12, 2019

7:30 PM

May 11, 2019
National Astronomy Day

6:00 PM

Jun 7, 2019

7:30 PM

July 5, 2019

7:30 PM

Aug 9, 2019

7:30 PM

Sept 7, 2019
Night Under

The Stars
Fundraiser

4:00 PM

Oct 4, 2019

7:30 PM

Nov 1, 2019

7:30 PM