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 star parties, outreach events, and meetings in light of the various travel and gathering restrictions imposed by federal, state, and county health officials as related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not have any estimates on when we will resume 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 are closed and are not to be entered except in a few, very limited circumstances. You are free to use the telescope field which is currently open and accessible. Since the houses are closed, it's best if you have an RV with bathroom and kitchen amenities (electrical outlets on the telescope field are NOT to be used for RVs and black/gray water dumping is absolutely prohibited).

Star Parties/Meetings/Outreach

All star parties and outreach events are cancelled until further notice. While our traditional club meetings at La Sierra University are cancelled, we are working to hold virtual meetings in their place (the first such event was held on Saturday, May 9th).

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