Rio Rancho
Astronomical Society

A Member Club of the Astronomical League


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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.

International Astronomy Day

April 21, 2018

This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoy views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy.

Astronomy Day also forms part of National Astronomy Week, which begins on the preceding Monday.

Originally, Astronomy Day occurred on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May, and was scheduled so as to occur at or close to the first quarter Moon. In 2007, an autumn rendition of Astronomy Day was added. It was scheduled to occur on a Saturday between mid-September and mid-October so as to be on or close to the first quarter Moon.

Click here for RRAS's Astronomy Day Event



Upcoming Events

March 23, 2018 8:00 PM
Regular Public Monthly Meeting at Rainbow Park Observatory.  Stargaze to follow meeting, weather permitting.

April 14th, 2018  11:00 AM to 2:000 PM
Rio Rancho's Sports and Wellness Day at Haynes Park. The RRAS will have a booth set up with solar telescopes.

April 21, 2018
International Astronomy Day

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


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