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Coming Events

(Observatory is open to the public
ONLY for scheduled events).

Star Party

Saturday, September 20

Solar Observing: 11-3
Star Party begins 8pm

Observing Lab

"Star Death: The End of Stellar Fusion"
September 19, 7pm

Preregistration required. Details

Night Sky Classes

Sep. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 21,
Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 16

Learn about the seasonal sky, with telescope
observing after class. Details

Next Docent Training

Begins September 17, 2014
To register, contact
Steve Smith at ssmith@rfo.org

Alex Filippenko presents "Exploring the
Frontiers of Astronomy

October 8, 7pm at Sonoma Academy
Tickets on sale now. Details


RFO at nightAbove: The Observatory at night. Photo by Mark Hillestad
Top right photo of Refractor Telescope by Jerry Telfer


Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

"Team Sugarloaf" operates Sugarloaf Ridge,
including the campground.
Team Sugarloaf is a unique partnership of five nonprofit organizations that have worked tirelessly to
keep our park open.  

Partners are: Sonoma Ecology Center; United Camps, Conferences and Retreats; Valley of the Moon Natural History Association; Sonoma County Trails Council; and Valley of the Moon Observatory Association.  

With expertise in campground operations, ecological restoration, astronomy, trails management, and volunteer recruiting and training, Team Sugarloaf is creating new opportunities for Sugarloaf Ridge and its visitors.  Visit sugarloafpark.org for more information.

Come to stargaze and camp at Sugarloaf Ridge!

Rent an

Yes, you can!
Treat your family, friends,
or group of up to 50 people
to a night with the stars!


Magic Carpet Donations Needed

Can you help us replace the Observatory's worn-out carpet? We need to raise $8,000. Details are here. Thanks for your help!


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