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

RAS Regular Monthly & Board Meetings

Next Meeting: Saturday, July 20th (Regular + Board)

RAS Monthly Meetings are held at La Sierra University in Riverside. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, free of charge. There's a "Beginner's Corner" presentation that begins 30 minutes before the general meeting. During the meeting, we'll discuss some club business, have a "What's Up?" presentation (usually given by a club member), and a guest speaker will give us a presentation of astronomical interest. In addition, we'll enjoy some light snacks and wrap up with door prizes!

RAS Board Meetings are held once per quarter. They are held the same day as the regular monthly meeting, but only every 3rd month (roughly). The Board meets to discuss club business, plan events, outline expenditures and address any issues facing the club. Club members are encouraged to attend—it's your chance to weigh in on the club's activities and how it operates!

Next Monthly Meeting Details

Christina Manzano-King, UC Riverside Christina Manzano-King, UC Riverside

Featured Presentation

Massive Black Holes and Dwarf Galaxies

By Christina Manzano-King

Black holes are believed to populate the centers of all galaxies with masses comparable to the Milky Way and above. For such massive galaxies, the interaction of black holes and their accretion disks with the surrounding gas leads to the formation of powerful gas outflows that heat up and may eventually escape the galaxy, regulating and preventing future star formation. However, in low mass dwarfs, the most common type of galaxies in the Universe, the presence of massive black holes is largely unknown and their effects on star formation histories are poorly understood. Could the same feedback mechanism suspected to shape massive galaxies extend into the realm of dwarfs?

Christina Manzano-King attended undergrad at the University of Hawaii and briefly worked at JPL and is currently a 6th year PhD student in Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside. Her thesis project involves using high resolution observations from the Keck observatory on Mauna Kea to study the influence of black holes on the dwarf galaxies that they inhabit.



What's Up?!

Topic TBA

With Alex McConahay


Locations & Times

Board Meetings (quarterly) & Pre-Meeting Dinners
Mimi's Cafe
2230 Griffin Way, Corona | (951) 734-2073 | Map
Pre-Meeting Dinner: 3:00-5:00PM (all are welcome)
Quarterly Board Meeting: 5:00PM (all members are welcome)

General Meetings & Beginner's Corner
La Sierra University | E. E. Cossentine Hall | Map | Finding Cossentine Hall
Beginner's Corner at 6:30PM
General Meeting at 7:00PM
The public is welcome to attend—and it's free!