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

2014 RFO Events

Monthly Listing of Public Events and Classes

April 2014
  • Tuesday, 4/1/2014 - 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
  • Monday, 4/14/2014 - Public Mars & Total Lunar Eclipse Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 4/22/2014 - 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
  • Saturday, 4/26/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 4/26/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

May 2014
  • Saturday, 5/10/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 5/10/2014 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Friday, 5/23/2014 - "Camelopardalid" Meteor Shower Observing
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • RFO is open this evening for a possible "new" meteor shower. If the meteors will occur is not certain. If they do, predictions are for one or more brief outbursts during the night with greatest activity expected between midnight and 1:00am. Meteor rates over 100 per hour are expected, with even greater rates possible.
  • Tuesday, 5/27/2014 - 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

June 2014
  • Tuesday, 6/3/2014 - 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, 6/21/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 6/21/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 6/24/2014 - 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, 6/28/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 6/28/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

July 2014
  • Saturday, 7/19/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/19/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 7/22/2014 - 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, 7/26/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/26/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 7/29/2014 - 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

August 2014
  • Tuesday, 8/19/2014 - 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
  • Saturday, 8/23/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 8/23/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

September 2014
  • Friday, 9/19/2014 - 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, 9/24.) Fee: $30. Reservations Required
  • Saturday, 9/20/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 9/20/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 9/23/2014 - 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 2014
  • Saturday, 10/4/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 10/4/2014 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Wednesday, 10/8/2014 - Public Total Lunar Eclipse Event
    Time: 12:30 AM - 5 AM
  • Tuesday, 10/14/2014 - 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
  • Tuesday, 10/21/2014 - 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, 10/23/2014 - Public Solar Eclipse Viewing
    Time: 1 PM - 4:30 PM (at -)

November 2014
  • Saturday, 11/15/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 11/15/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 11/18/2014 - 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
  • Tuesday, 11/25/2014 - 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
  • Friday, 11/28/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM

December 2014
  • Tuesday, 12/16/2014 - 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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