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Astronomical Society

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December 2019 Sky Chart

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Enchanted Skies Star Party

Oct 22 - 26

Dark Site at White Ridge Bike Trails

The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society has obtained permission from the BLM to use the parking lot of the White Ridge Bike Trails for our local dark site.  The parking lot is located just southwest of San Ysidro, NM at 4493 Cabezon Rd.  The RRAS will be observing at the site on the Saturday closest to New Moon.  Club members usually arrive about a half-hour before sunset, and observing sessions can run the entire night.

Map to White Ridge Bike Trails

Clear Sky Clock for White Ridge Bike Trails

2019-2020 Observing Dates (weather permitting)

Nov 30th

Dec 28th

Jan 25th
Feb 22nd
Mar 21st
(Messier Marathon)
Apr 1st
May 23rd
Jul 18th
Aug 15th
Sept 20th
Nov 14th
Dec 12th

RRAS President Jon Schuchardt (at right) and other RRAS members at White Ridge


Sunset at White Ridge Dark Site

Past RRAS President Laurie Wells setting up for a night of astrophotography

M-1, the Crab Nebula taken by Past RRAS President Laurie Wells at the White Ridge Dark Site