#GivingTuesday For RFO

Dear Members and Friends of RFO, A big thanks to all the friends, members, and docents of the Robert Ferguson Observatory for all you have done for us this year. Some gave their time; others made cash contributions; and others purchased memberships. Thank you! For those who are still thinking about donating to their favorite …

A Letter From Our Executive Director (Fall 2021)

  Alex Filippenko, World Renowned Astrophysicist, Headlining RFO Fall Speaker Series RFO Friends and Supporters: The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is thrilled to announce that Dr. Alex Filippenko, professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley and one of the world’s most highly cited astrophysicists, will headline RFO’s Fall Speaker Series with a talk on the physical …

Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Even though we can’t go to the observatory now due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, our docents are watching the Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction from their backyards, and photographing it.  You can enjoy their images HERE, but they all say that if you can find someone with a telescope in your pandemic bubble, the direct view in the …

RFO: San Francisco Bay Area Stargazing

Stargazing in California – Visit California Media Center https://media.visitcalifornia.com/story-inspiration/discover-story-ideas/stargazing-in-california In addition to claiming the vibrant city of San Francisco and world-renowned wine country, the Bay Area is also home to excellent opportunities for stargazing. In Sonoma Valley, the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is usually open for monthly star parties where docents …

We Need Your Help

As we work our way through COVID-19, our RFO income starting in the month of March has been dramatically reduced due to the cancelation of public and private events.  We can always use your help, either through a donation (CLICK for options), or other pieces of equipment (details coming!). Thanks for any support you can …

Clear Sky Chart

What’s This? It’s the astronomer’s forecast. At a glance, it shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to the next two days. It’s a prediction of when Robert Ferguson Observatory, CA, will have good weather for astronomical observing. The data comes from a forecast model developed by Allan Rahill of the Canadian Meteorological Centre. CMC’s numerical …