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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.

Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun

Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows mark this image of the lunar surface. It was taken July 20, 1969 by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon. Pictured is the mission's lunar module, the Eagle, and spacesuited lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin unfurling a long sheet of foil also known as the Solar Wind Composition Experiment. Exposed facing the Sun, the foil trapped particles streaming outward in the solar wind, catching a sample of material from the Sun itself. Along with moon rocks and lunar soil samples, the solar wind collector was returned for analysis in earthbound laboratories.

Source:  Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

 

Upcoming Events

July 20, 8:00 PM  Monthly Public Meeting at Rainbow Park Observatory. 

Come celebrate the 49th anniversary of the first moon landing of Apollo 11 with the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society's monthly public meeting on July 20th at 8 PM. In addition to the celebration, our guest speaker will be Dr. Laurie Wells, who will discuss the upcoming Mars opposition on July 31. This approach will be the closest approach in our lifetimes (no, it won't be as big as the full Moon). Stargaze after the meeting if the weather permits.

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

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