Are you ready to take your astronomical interest to the next level? Welcome!
The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society is the astronomy club for4 everyone.
 Join us on the second Wednesday of each month September through June at the Franklin Institute.
Check out recent guest speakers.    Consider meeting with others who share an interest in astronomy!    
Wondering what is in the sky this month? Bring your questions, and your enthusiasm to learn.
  Free, informative ,enlightening and fun.  No obligation to join.

 

~What's new on the Society Website~

 
 
 

March 8, 2017  ~7:00 PM ~7:15 PM @ The Franklin Institute

Pete Detterline
Delaware Valley Astronomical Society
                   
Meeting Notice

April 12, 2017  ~7:00 PM @ Franklin Institute

Dr. Derrick Pitts
Philadelphia City Wide Telescope Night

April 12, 2017  ~8:45 PM @ Franklin Institute

A Special William Herschel Event
Premier of a new documentary on William Herschel with a cast that includes some Rittenhouse Members.


 

April 21, 2017  ~8:45 PM @ Mallon Planetarium

A Special William Herschel Event
Exclusive showing  of a new documentary on William Herschel with a cast that includes some Rittenhouse Members.

April 22, 2017  ~@ RittenhouseTown

Science and Service:
An Astronomical Event with David Rittenhouse
Information posted on our Members Site, volunteers with telescopes needed to assist.

 
 

 Volunteer Registration

 

 

 Philadelphia Science Carnival
    
 CITY WIDE TELESCOPE NIGHT

Friday April 28, 2017
 

 

You should have already been contacted if you assisted last year.  If you are new to City Wide Telescope night and wish to volunteer please sign up here.

 

 

May 17, 2017  ~ @ RittenhouseTown

Rittenhousetown Gala
6:00-7:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction
7:00-9:00 PM Gala Dinner (Registration Required)

June 11, 2017  ~11:00 AM  @ Morris Arboretum

Solstice Steam Punk Expo
Members with solar scopes welcome to set up at the Morris Arboretum for a day of solar observations.

June 14, 2017  ~7:00 PM @ Franklin Institute

Open House  @ Franklin Institute
Members presentations will provide topics for our final meeting of the academic year.

August 25, 26, & 27, 2017

Wyoming High Country Lodge Star Party:
The Closest  you can stay to Medicine Wheel!  Bighorn Wyoming has some of the darkest skies in the nation.  Join Ted Williams (RAS President) as he returns to WHCL as a featured speaker 2 miles from Medicine Wheel.  This historic "Mystical site" is a featured visit during your weekend stay at the Lodge.  See last year's activities.here.
 

 
 

Our society is involved with many area planetariums.  We felt it worthy to list these treasured resources and what they are offering in our immediate area.

 
Muddy Run
Observatory

Holtwood PA
NASA Night Sky Network
 

 
 

☼ Check out some recent guest speakers and Events.

 
 


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Astronomy

RECENT RITTENHOUSE
ASTRONOMICAL
SOCIETY NEWSLETTERS
We share articles submitted by our members on or about the Cross Quarter day of each season.  If members have nothing to say, newsletter is held till articles are submitted.  Any member is welcome to submit an article for our newsletter.

RAS CELEBRATION
FIND US ON


Winter 2016-17

Summer 2016

Winter 2015-16

Summer 2015

 Winter 2014-15
 

Fall 2014
 

Summer 2014
 

Spring 2014
 

 
 
 
 
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 RECENT 
PAST MEETINGS / EVENTS:

 
 

 

February 8, 2017 ~ 7:00 PM
Meetings are open to the general public with no ticket or fee. 
 Interested students are encouraged to attend.

 

Contested Constellations

 

The Emu in the Sky, The Southern Cross & The Crux of the Matter. 
Star Maps, Flags, Nationalism & Identity in Australia. 
Can the night sky be colonized?
 

Anthropologist,
 Ethnographer

Gianna Farrell

 

Meeting Notice

 
     
 
 

January 11, 2017;  7:00 PM
 

Katie Fehlinger
Meteorologist

CBS 3
KYW 1060

Meeting Notice

Astronomers monitor the weather for conditions that allow them to see through the atmosphere.  When planning a night under the stars, its common to check out the forecasts starting earlier in the day and to stay tuned to a good source to see if changes will occur.  A favorite local weather forecaster Katie Fehlinger will  share what goes into the daily forecast and the long range weather outlook for the upcoming year.

 
 

December 14, 2016:  
7:00 pm Meeting
The Franklin Institute
Meeting Notice
Open to the General Public
No Admittance fee,
No membership necessary
. Students encouraged to attend.

 

Armand Spitz: A historical perspective on a past President of the Rittenhouse Astronomical  Society.   Joyce Towne (previously with the Fels Planetarium), now represents Spitz Incorporated will provide a unique perspective on Armand's work.

    

 

Spitz Digital Institute 2016, Chadds Ford PA
 Leading the world in Educational Planetaria
 Touching the future while training tomorrows Planetarium Professionals from across the nation!

    

 
 

This Past November 9, 2016  
The Franklin Institute
7:00 Doors Open Members Gather
  7:15 Call to Order
Meeting Notice
Bunnie Riedel will be our guest speaker as she represents for us historic Rittenhousetown.  David Rittenhouse would have celebrated his 225th birthday this upcoming year and Rittenhousetown has some special events in store for the celebration.  Bunnie is on the board for the preservation of the site and also is a descendent of the Rittenhouse Family line.
Historic Rittenhousetown

 

 

RittenhouseTown Gala May 17
6:00-7:00 PM
Reception and Silent Auction
7:00-9:00 PM Gala Dinner (Registration Required)

John Mercanti: American Sculptor and Engraver, the twelfth Chief Engraver of the US Mint (retired).  He will receive the David Rittenhouse Award in honor of the 285th Anniversary of David Rittenhouse’s birth in the Homestead House at Historic Rittenhouse Town.

 

 
 
 

 

October 22, 2016

 MUDDY  RUN  OBSERVATORY
DEDICATION ~ MEMBER EVENT
172 Bethesda Church Road West
Holtwood PA  17532

Exelon Generation Company L.L.C  celebrates the opening of a new public observatory at Muddy Run Park
 

     
     


Artist Rendition: Barb Ryan
 

4:00 PM. 
Indoor Reception for MEMBERS AND GUESTS
(limited seating)

5:00 PM. 
Indoor Dedication for MEMBERS AND GUESTS
(limited seating)

Outdoor dedication for the general public is postponed.
(combination of weather and landscape challenges.) 
Please check back here as we are excited to prepare for multiple events that will be open to the public.

 

Concurrently A Momentous Occasion

RITTENHOUSE MEDAL OF HONOR

   

FREEMAN DYSON
IS TO BE HONORED AT
DEDICATION OF A NEW OBSERVATORY
MUDDY RUN PARK

 

"I propose that our universe
 is the most interesting of all possible universes,
and our fate as human beings is to make it so.'"

   
DYSON

MEDAL

   
 
 
 
 

This Past
October 12, 2016  
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
Meeting Notice
7:00 Doors Open  7:15 Call to Order
We have an exciting line-up of guest presenters tonight,
students are welcome to attend, no ticket or admittance fee,
open to members and guests.
The Grand Tour  &
The Drake Equation

Brian Abbott ~
 Hayden Planetarium Assistant Director
American Museum of Natural History
  For the past 14 years, he has been creating a three-dimensional map of the Universe. He’s constantly updating the atlas with recent data hot off the world’s biggest telescopes and best satellites. And in the planetarium, he turns this abstract data into the planets, stars and galaxies that visitors flock to see. “What we want to do is focus on the scientific story of the Universe."

Dr. Jeremy P. Carlo ~
Villanova University
 Assistant Professor in the Physics Department.  Prior experience as Research Associate for the National Research Council of Canada.


Meeting Notice

 
 

October 1,  2016:   6:00-10:00 pm
Public Star Watch at Atsion Field NJ.
(Wharton State Forest.)  Information posted at West Jersey Astronomical Society.  Rittenhouse members team with West Jersey members for their public star watch.

 
 

Past Meeting @ The Franklin Institute:
September 14, 2016  
7:00 Doors Open  7:15 Call to Order
Drew Maser , South Jersey Astronomy Club

SOLAR OBSERVATION
Meeting Notice
Join us for the start of our 2016-17 academic year, memberships available but not necessary to attend, free and open to the public.

Photo Credit Joe Stieber

Many who know Drew know of his passion for solar observing.  Drew will share with us some tips and tricks for observing, what you can expect to see, what filters will assist you to see.  Join us as we increase our solar observing skills and knowledge to prepare for the Solar Eclipse of 2017.  Drew is the past president of a partner organization of ours, the Willingboro Astronomical Society.  Willingboro is now the West Jersey Astronomical Society, and welcomes us to their star watches regularly.

 
 

September 10,  2016:   7:30 pm
Public Star Watch at Batsto Villagae NJ.
(Wharton State Forest.)  Information posted at West Jersey Astronomical Society.  Rittenhouse members team with West Jersey members for their public star watch.

September 9, 10, 11 / 2016
Wyoming High Country Lodge Star Party
The Closest  you can stay to Medicine Wheel!  Bighorn Wyoming has some of the darkest skies in the nation.  Join Ted Williams (RAS President) as he returns to WHCL as a featured speaker 2 miles from Medicine Wheel.  This historic "Mystical site" is a featured visit during your weekend stay at the Lodge.     [Activity schedule]    
 
 
 
 

Open House / All Welcome
JUNE 8, 2016

This meeting is free and open to all, students encouraged to attend.   Members will be the presenters tonight sharing their astronomical interests.  It is a great way to meet our active members and get an idea of what our o society is all about.

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Member Participants:

Asterisms

  Lynn King

Southern Skies

Renee Stein

 Eclipse, Transit, Occultation

Adam Chantry

Celestial Soudscapes

Dan McCormick

Mars

Dave Walker

Hercules- The Strongman

Denise Vacca

Families of Planets

Cameron Planchard
 
 

☼ Check out some recent guest speakers and Events.

 

 Previously on this past orbit: 
OUR past ACADEMIC
YEAR

» HERE «

 

 


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Bloom Observatory
 Open Daily Weather Permitting 
 Franklin Institute
   [
Details  ] 

 

Interested in being an active Amateur Astronomer? Contact Derrick Pitts at the Franklin Institute to see how you can volunteer.  We have an online Bloom Observatory training aid.  You can see what is involved in assisting at the observatory when operating the newly refurbished historic Zeiss telescope. 

 

Members of surrounding astronomy organizations are welcome and encouraged also.  The Bloom Observatory is a resource for the entire Delaware Valley Area and beyond.  

SKYTALK : A weekly discussion of what's new and interesting in astronomy with astronomer Derrick Pitts and WHYY FM's Dave Heller every Monday evening at 6:20 pm.
 


   Bloom Observatory Evening Hours:  
All astronomical special events

 Second Thursday of Each Month
All community nights sponsored by the Franklin
 
   Second Wednesday of Month - Sept. to June - after Rittenhouse Meeting 
[ Details ]
 

 

 
CURRENT MOON

 
 

 

If I am visiting, where do I park?

Parking in the Franklin Institute garage (entrance on 21st street) is most convenient.  
We cannot validate parking after hours and the full rate is in effect.

Street parking is fairly abundant at meeting time since many are leaving the city.
The yellow areas highlighted below have meter parking in effect till 8:00 pm.
It is more affordable to pay for the 1 hour meter fee if you arrive at 7:00 pm. 
The spots highlighted are within view of the Franklin and are a short easy walk.

How do I enter the building if it is after museum hours?
Employee entrance shown on map is always open. 
There is a security official sitting just inside the door.
If you park in the garage, you enter through the Atrium.
Information desk or security will direct you to the meeting location.

 

 

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