Observing Lab - Star Death

  • Sat, Sep 24, 2022 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Robert Ferguson Observatory

    2605 Adobe Canyon Road
    Kenwood, California 95442
Ticket Price $28.00-$35.00 Register Now

The end of a star can take many forms, most of them controlled by the mass of a star when fusion at the star’s core can no longer support that mass.  In this talk we will explore how stars begin their life cycle and how the difference in their masses determines how they will end.  


An Observing Lab is an opportunity to learn a bit about the astrophysics of stars and the interesting objects that result that are definitely within the reach of our telescopes at the Robert Ferguson Observatory.  Come prepared to take your observing notes and dressed warmly so you can take advantage of observing visually through the 8-inch refractor and the 40-inch reflector, as well as through the personal telescopes of our knowledgeable docents.  Some of the best observing will be using the CCD camera on the 20-inch Ritchey Chretien reflector for the really deep deep sky objects.  In addition to our stated date for this event, there will be a rain date in case poor weather doesn’t permit us to observe.


Please note, the maximum attendance for this lab is 15 people to ensure an optimal experience for registrants. Also note that the $10 state parking pass is included in the purchase price  


The Robert Ferguson Observatory requires proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test (completed within 48 hours) for all of our events. This policy does not apply to children that are too young to be vaccinated. Proof can be in the form of a vaccination card or a picture of one. Please be advised that there is no cell service up at Sugarloaf so please make sure you don’t need to get online to an app or website in order to show proof. Thank you in advance for abiding to these policies and keeping our volunteers and visitors safe!


Date & Time

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Venue Details

Robert Ferguson Observatory

2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, California 95442 Robert Ferguson Observatory
Robert Ferguson Observatory

The Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) is volunteer amateur and professional astronomers plus a small supporting staff organized as a nonprofit association to provide educational programs about science and astronomy for students, the public, and in support of educators.

The VMOA is responsible for the construction, maintenance and utilization of the Robert Ferguson Observatory and functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the auspices of the California State Parks System, and in cooperation with our local state parks.