Riverside Astronomical Society—Outreach, star parties, dark sky site, and you!

Riverside Astronomical Society

Your Health and Safety Come First. Always.

The Riverside Astronomical Society has cancelled all in-person star parties, outreach events, and meetings in light of the travel and gathering restrictions imposed by state and local health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not have any estimates on when we will resume "normal" activities. We are monitoring guidance provided by the aforementioned agencies. We will not resume normal activities until the green light is given by the appropriate authorities and we, the RAS, feel it is safe to do so.

When activities do resume, we may handle certain events or situations differently than we have in the past. We will provide details for any such changes as they develop.


Travel to GMARS is currently discouraged. The houses at GMARS may be used by key-holders but doing so is at your own risk. Anyone entering the houses and using any facilities is required to wipe down and disinfect any surfaces used (kitchen and bathroom countertops, sink basins, tables, door handles, toilet seats, etc.). Groups of more than 5 people or with people outside your immediate household should not visit GMARS. Visitors are free to use the telescope field which is currently open and accessible. If you do visit GMARS for an extended period and you are not a key-holder or you are not comfortable entering the houses and cleaning after yourself, it's crucial that you are self-contained and self-reliant in terms of bathroom and kitchen amenities (such as in an RV or by having proper camping equipment). If you bring an RV to GMARS, remember that the telescope field power outlets are not to be used to power or charge your RV batteries and absolutely no dumping of any kind is permitted on the property or anywhere else in the general area.

Star Parties & Outreach

All Star Parties and Outreach Events are cancelled until further notice.

Monthly Club Meetings

While our traditional club meetings at La Sierra University are cancelled, we are holding virtual meetings via WebEx for the time being (the first such meeting was held on Saturday, May 9th). Details on how to join the meeting are sent via email to club members during the week of the next meeting. Speaker/presenter information for the next meeting can be found here.

Stay tuned to this page, the home page, or our Facebook page for additional details as we navigate our way through the coming weeks and months.

Helpful Links
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resource Site
California COVID-19 Response
RAS Facebook Page