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

RAS Regular Monthly & Board Meetings

Next Meeting: Saturday, May 25th

Attend Remotely via Zoom

In-person monthly meetings are held in Cossentine Hall at La Sierra University. We're also making remote attendance possible via Zoom! Here's the information you need to join the next meeting remotely:

  • URL: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87192768959?pwd=sTVgFSyol1afNWqfVjlnapRRbJffsA.1
  • Phone number: (408) 638-0968
  • Meeting ID: 871 9276 8959
  • Passcode: 741 758

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Note: You do not need to download and install the Zoom desktop application – you can use your web browser. If prompted to download a file, click Cancel. Click the Launch Meeting button. You should then see another option appear to join from the browser. Click "Join from Your Browser."

Beginner's Corner begins at 6:30 PM. General meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Please be prompt!

Next Monthly Meeting Presenters & Topics

Guest Speaker

Topic: Astrobiology on Mars 2020

Presenter: Sunanda Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow, CalTech

Sunanda Sharma, JPL/CalTech Sunanda Sharma, JPL/CalTech

Sunanda Sharma is an experimental biologist focusing on astrobiology research and currently supporting the SHERLOC instrument on Mars 2020. She received her PhD from MIT in 2020, and since 2021 has been a postdoctoral fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She aims to understand the limits of life and the detection of biosignatures beyond Earth, especially using optical spectroscopy. She is passionate about interdisciplinary research and practices bio-integrated design to promote discovery and understanding across fields and audiences.


What's Up?!

Topic: TBA

Presenter: TBA


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. 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!

Locations & Times

Board Meeting at 2:30 PM (when applicable)
Arlanza Library, Riverside Public Library (near Bryant Park)
8267 Philbin Avenue, Riverside | (951) 826-2217 | Map
Please note that this location is subject to change based on meeting room availability.

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 5:00 PM
Rodrigo's Mexican Grill
3848 La Sierra Ave., Riverside | (951) 687-2280 | Map

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!