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Astronomical Society

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October 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 Observing Dates (weather permitting)

Jan 5th

Feb 2nd

Mar 2nd
Messier Marathon

Apr 6th

May 4th

July 6th

Aug 3rd

Sept 28th

Nov 30th

Dec 28th


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