RFO

For Detailed Information

To learn more about events
listed here, see
Public Astronomy
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:

Call the Observatory at
(707) 833-6979
or see the
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

2015 RFO Events

Monthly Listing of Public Events and Classes

March 2015
  • Tuesday, 3/17/2015 - Night Sky Spring Series
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 3/21/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 3/21/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

April 2015
  • Tuesday, 4/14/2015 - Night Sky Spring Series
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 4/25/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 4/25/2015 - Public Star Party- Astronomy Day
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

May 2015
  • Tuesday, 5/12/2015 - Night Sky Spring Series
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 5/16/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 5/16/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 5/19/2015 - Night Sky Spring Series
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6) Reservations Recommended

June 2015
  • Tuesday, 6/9/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #1 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 6/13/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 6/13/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 6/16/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #2 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 6/20/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 6/20/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

July 2015
  • Tuesday, 7/7/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 7/11/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/11/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 7/14/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 7/18/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/18/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

August 2015
  • Saturday, 8/8/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 8/8/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 8/11/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Wednesday, 8/12/2015 - Perseids Event
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
    • RFO will be open this night for observing the Perseid Meteor Shower.
  • Tuesday, 8/18/2015 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6) Reservations Recommended

September 2015
  • Saturday, 9/12/2015 - 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, 9/16.) Fee: $30. Reservations Required
  • Tuesday, 9/15/2015 - 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
  • Saturday, 9/19/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 9/19/2015 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight

October 2015
  • Tuesday, 10/6/2015 - 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, 10/10/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 10/10/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2015 - 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
  • Saturday, 10/24/2015 - Science Discovery Day
    Time: 10 AM - 4 PM (at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa)
    • RFO will be participating in this annual event. Come by and visit our display.

November 2015
  • Tuesday, 11/3/2015 - 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, 11/7/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 11/7/2015 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 11/10/2015 - 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
  • Tuesday, 11/17/2015 - Leonids Event
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • RFO will be open this evening for telescope viewing earlier followed by meteor observing after 11:30pm.
  • Friday, 11/27/2015 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM

December 2015
  • Tuesday, 12/8/2015 - 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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