What Types of Events are at RFO?

Public Solar ObservingCome and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.

Public Star PartyPresentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions. 

Your Universe:  A Trip Around the Sun. Each class will explore several constellations visible from RFO and the stars and heavenly wonders in them. Weather permitting, we will open up the telescopes and observe what we just discussed.

What’s Up?If you’ve ever looked up at the stars overhead and wondered what else is up there, the Robert Ferguson Observatory’s “Whats Up?” program is designed for you! The event will feature a talk on objects in our local galaxy, the Milky Way, and very deep space objects beyond, plus you will get plenty of time at the telescope eyepieces. 

Focus Night: Focus Nights take a single topic and present it in depth, giving participants an opportunity to gain deeper understanding and expand their appreciation of astronomy.

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