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.

Star Parties & Outreach

All in-person Star Parties and Outreach Events are cancelled until further notice. We will co-host virtual star parties with UC Riverside on a roughly monthly basis.

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.


Travel to GMARS is currently discouraged. Groups of more than 5 people should not visit GMARS. The houses at GMARS may be used by key-holders and others when a key-holder is present and has unlocked either house. Use of the houses is done at your own risk. Anyone entering either GMARS house must adhere to the following rules:

  • Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces you used or touched. This includes but is not limited to kitchen and bathroom countertops, faucet handles, appliance handles, tables, door handles, and toilet seats.

  • If entering either house, do what you need to do then exit. Do not hang out, watch TV, sit for extended periods at the kitchen table, etc.

  • All individuals who are part of a group of up to 5 people must all be from the same household. (i.e., Do not gather with people at GMARS who are not part of your immediate household).

  • Visitors are free to use the telescope field which is currently open and accessible, even when the houses are not open. If you are not a keyholder and you decide to visit GMARS for an extended period, it is assumed that (1) you have made arrangements with a keyholder for access to the house's bathrooms and/or kitchen or that (2) you are self-reliant and have those facilities available to you (either with an RV or 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.

  • If you plan on visiting GMARS and require access to the house, you can try asking around if a keyholder plans to be present during your visit but the club does not maintain a list, calendar, or schedule of which keyholders are visiting GMARS or when. It is up to you to make those arrangements or to be self-reliant as described above.

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