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

The Riverside Daily Enterprise announces the first RAS meeting—Dated May 27, 1957. Announcement of first RAS meeting in the Riverside Daily Enterprise in 1957.

Announcement of the RAS's formation in the November 1959 issue of Sky & Telescope Announcement of club formation in November 1959 issue of Sky & Telescope.

History of the RAS

Going strong after more than half a century

The Riverside Astronomical Society has a history of civic and educational support since its beginnings in 1957. The RAS owes its start to people who saw the need to promote a better awareness of astronomy to the general public. They also saw a need for a common forum for amateur astronomers to further develop and advance their hobby. These goals are still the cornerstone of the RAS's mission.

Below is a series of articles written by Robert Stephens that capture the details of the Society's past. Please note that these pages are still using the layout of the old site. We're working to convert them to the new site design.