Richmond Astronomical Society

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Richmond Astronomical Society s a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization founded in 1949. We are dedicated to providing experiences for our members and the public that are designed to expand understanding and awareness of astronomy and space science.

Meetings of the Richmond Astronomical Society begin at 7:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Science Museum of Virginia. This museum is located at 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia and can be reached via I-95 or I-64.



Talk to any board member during an RAS activity, such as a regular meeting. The dues per year are $30. To operate the Ragland telescope, you need to be trained in it and become a staff member; if you are a staff member, that is an extra $10. In addition, members can receive discounts in subscribing to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines. To apply for membership, renew membership, or subscribe to the magazines, go to the Payments Page.

Awards and Recognition

Clubs and Certification Programs

The Richmond Astronomical Society is a member of the Astronomical League, the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies and NASA Night Sky Network.


The Society supports a number of outreach events in the Richmond area. Our volunteers lend their expertise and provide their telescopes for the public to view the night sky on the third Friday of each month at the Science Museum of Virginia. We also host skywatches in conjunction with other organizations in the area and host periodic observing sessions for our members. On the second Tuesday of each month, we gather at the Science Museum to discuss our latest astronomical adventures and to hear presentations on a wide range of topics related to astronomy.

External Links

Richmond Astronomical Society Website

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