Your Universe Classes
2020 Schedule

Winter/Spring Series

January 27, 7:00pm
Taurus, Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor
Winter Hexagons
Using Star Charts
The Life of Stars
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February 24, 7:00pm
Gemini, Auriga, Lepus, Camelapardalis
Kemble's Cascade
Stellar Magnitude
Variable and Binary stars
The Motion of the Solar System
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March 23, 7:30pm
Cancer, Lynx, Hydra
Galaxies, part I
The Scale of the Universe
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April 20, 7:30pm
Leo, Leo Minor, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
The Distance Ladder
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May 18, 8:00pm
Virgo, Coma Berenices, Canes Venatici, Corvus, Crater, Sextans
What We Learn from Spectroscopy
The HR Diagram
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Summer/Fall Series

June 18, 8:00pm
Libra, Bootes, Draco, Corona Borealis
Using Star Charts
The Life of Stars
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July 16, 8:00pm
Scorpius, Ophiucus, Serpens, Hercules
Globular Clusters
The Death of Stars and Other Exotic Objects
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August 20, 8:00pm
Sagittarius, Scutum, Lyra, Aquila
Summer Triangle
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September 17, 7:00pm
Capricornus, Cygnus, Vulpecula, Delphinus, Sagitta
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October 15, 7:00pm
Aquarius, Cepheus, Pegasus, Great Square of Pegasus
Gravity Waves and Other Detectors
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November 12, 7:00pm
Pisces, Andromeda, Cassiopeia
The Big Bang
Galaxies, part II
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December 10, 7:00pm
Aries, Cetus, Perseus, Triangulum
Black Holes
The End of the Universe
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Your Universe

A Trip Around the Sun

A monthly series of presentations and observing at RFO

Night Sky Class

As each month passes, the sun "moves" to a new sign of the zodiac, and our evening sky reveals a new region of our universe for us to explore. This year we are offering a series of twelve evenings of exploration at RFO, called "Your Universe". Each month will be dedicated a different zodiacal constellation and its neighbors, planets, prominent deep space objects, and just enough astrophysics to bring it together.

The presentations will begin at dusk. Afterward, weather permitting, we will step out under beautiful dark skies to locate the constellations and other objects discussed. Then we will move on to RFO's three main telescopes for deeper examinations.

Cost: Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. $25 general and $20 for Seniors and Students. Sales will be limited to 30 so we can provide a more person experience. Please join us and learn more about "Your Universe".

Where: At The Robert Ferguson Observatory (map). Park in the gravel area near the horse corrals just outside the gate to the Group Camp/Observatory site. You do not need to pay the park day use fee to attend the class, however you must obtain a parking pass from us and take it back to your car before the class begins.

When: Presentations begin promptly at the times noted at left and last approximately 90 minutes. Please arrive about 30 minutes early on your first night to check in and obtain a parking pass.

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M51, the "Whirlpool Galaxy" photographed by RFO docents using the RFO's Robotic Telescope, 2008. More photos



"Jack Welch has created the most accessible approach to astronomy that I've found. His handouts comprise my 'go-to' observing library. I've taken all his classes and am on my second round—there's so much to learn and enjoy. Highly recommended."
—CY, Santa Rosa