The Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) is a 501(c)(3) North Carolina non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 to foster education and interest in astronomy in the Raleigh, NC area. Membership in the Raleigh Astronomy Club is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. There are no requirements for any equipment or expertise in science or astronomy.
RAC provides resources, educational lectures, observing sessions, and social connections for amateurs to learn more about astronomy and to enhance their enjoyment of the hobby. All age groups are represented and RAC welcomes family involvement, although there is no specific children's program at this time.
RAC also provides educational programs for school groups through the Wake County Scientist-Teacher Partnership. Members provide their telescopes and astrophotos in programs for all ages.
Several times a year RAC schedules observing sessions for the general public, where members provide their telescopes and expertise in showing the sun, moon, planets, and deep-sky objects.
The Club also co-hosts the annual Astronomy Days event in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Astronomy Days attracts over 15,000 people annually.
RAC meets on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. One meeting is an indoor meeting where members share their astronomical interests, listen to guest lecturers, and learn about club activities. Indoor meetings occur at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at 7:30PM. The other meeting is an observation session at various dark sky sites, weather permitting. For more information see the Meetings page.
In addition, RAC has special interest groups that meet separately to discuss particular aspects of amateur astronomy, such as astronomical imaging (astrophotography). For more information see the Meetings page.
Membership in the Raleigh Astronomy Club provides further benefits, such as use of Club owned telescopes and access to the Club's observing site for impromptu observing sessions. For more information see the Membership page.