RFO

For Detailed Information

To learn more about events
listed here, see
Star Parties
and Classes

 

Where we are:

Nestled in the hills of
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Longitude: West 122° 30' 28"
Latitude: North 38° 26' 18"
Elevation: 1275'

Map and Directions

 

Current sky conditions:

Clear Sky Chart

 

What to Wear:

Warm layers, gloves and hats. Wool socks and sturdy shoes are helpful. Nights can be very cold. Bring a flashlight. We will provide red cellophane covers to protect your night vision.

 

RFO Calendar

Upcoming RFO Events

Monthly Listing of Public Events and Classes

April 2018
  • Monday, 4/9/2018 - Intro to Astronomy CANCELED
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Fundamentals, including Telescopes, Colors of Light, and Astronomical Yardsticks. Telescope observing after class as conditions permit. (Class 1 of 4). Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
  • Thursday, 4/12/2018 - RFO at Cal Academy: SpaceToday NightLife
    Time: 6 PM - 10 PM (at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco)
    • Join RFO at the California Academy of Sciences as we celebrate SpaceToday NightLife! We'll be remoting into RFO to do live astrophotgraphy--there'll also be live music, loads of other Bay Area astronomy groups: all in California's coolest--and greenest--museum of science. (adults only)
  • Saturday, 4/14/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 4/14/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Thursday, 4/19/2018 - What's Up?
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • What's Up? is RFO's limited ticket star party. The general public is invited to purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 4/21/2018 - Astronomy Day at CAS
    Time: 10 AM - 12 Midnight (at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco)
    • Come join RFO at the California Academy of Science's Astronomy Day event in Golden Gate Park. We'll have hands-on activities for kids and much more!
  • Saturday, 4/21/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 4/21/2018 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight

May 2018
  • Saturday, 5/12/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 5/12/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Wednesday, 5/23/2018 - Wednesday Night Market
    Time: 5 PM - 8:30 PM (at Courthouse Square Santa Rosa)
    • RFO will have a booth with literature and a telescope for lunar viewing.

June 2018
  • Saturday, 6/9/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 6/9/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Thursday, 6/14/2018 - Whats' Up?
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • What's Up? is RFO's limited ticket star party. The general public is invited to purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 6/16/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 6/16/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Wednesday, 6/20/2018 - Wednesday Night Market
    Time: 5 PM - 8:30 PM (at Courthouse Square Santa Rosa)
    • RFO will have a booth with literature and a telescope for lunar viewing.

July 2018
  • Monday, 7/2/2018 - Intro to Astronomy
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Fundamentals, including Telescopes, Colors of Light, and Astronomical Yardsticks. Telescope observing after class as conditions permit. (Class 1 of 4). Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
  • Saturday, 7/7/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 7/7/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Monday, 7/9/2018 - Intro to Astronomy
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Topics: Planets and Exoplanets. Telescope observing after class as conditions permit. (Class 2 of 4). Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
  • Saturday, 7/14/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 7/14/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Monday, 7/30/2018 - Intro to Astronomy
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • Topic: Stars - From Birth to Black Holes. Telescope observing after class as conditions permit. (Class 3 of 4). Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

August 2018
  • Monday, 8/6/2018 - Intro to Astronomy
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Topic: From the Big Bang to the Accelerating Universe. Telescope observing after class as conditions permit. (Class 4 of 4). Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
  • Thursday, 8/9/2018 - What's Up?
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • What's Up? is RFO's limited ticket star party. The general public is invited to purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 8/11/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 8/11/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • We focus on Mars this evening, which is now just past opposition. Note that Mars observing will occur late, with the best observing after 11pm.
  • Sunday, 8/12/2018 - Perseids Event
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
    • RFO will be open this night for observing the Perseid Meteor Shower, with telescopes operating earlier in the evening for general observing. Note that the meteors don't get started until about 11pm with best viewing in the a.m. hours.

September 2018
  • Saturday, 9/8/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 9/8/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Sunday, 9/9/2018 - Observing Lab: Star Death
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • "Star Death: The End of Stellar Fusion" - An intensive telescope observing session after a brief presentation on the night's theme. Handouts/Observing Lists provided. Attendance limited to 10. ("Rain check" Wed, 9/20.) Fee: $30. Reservations Required
  • Monday, 9/10/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #1 of 6) Reservations Recommended

October 2018
  • Monday, 10/1/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #2 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 10/6/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 10/6/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Monday, 10/8/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Thursday, 10/11/2018 - What's Up?
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • What's Up? is RFO's limited ticket star party. The general public is invited to purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 10/13/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 10/13/2018 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight

November 2018
  • Monday, 11/5/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 11/10/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 11/10/2018 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Friday, 11/23/2018 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Friday, 11/23/2018 - Public Lunar Observing
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight

December 2018
  • Monday, 12/3/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Monday, 12/10/2018 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6) Reservations Recommended

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