Astrophysical Society


Public Observing

room Hirsch Observatory ---
today Every Saturday
schedule  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Club Meeting

room On our discord server
today Every other Friday
schedule  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Club Officers

  • President Lindsey Gilson
    Vice President Elijah Gruszecki
    Treasurer Aleksy Feldman
    Secretary Aidan Kaminsky
    Student Advisor/The Charles Tom Donlon
    Equipment Officer Sarah Burrows
    Webmaster Shreyas Seethalla


The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society (RAS) is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute union-funded organization that allows students to pursue their interest in astronomy. The society works in conjunction with the physics department to maintain the Hirsch Observatory atop the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center and keep it open to the public on a regular basis. Students are trained in the use of the Society's various telescopes, then placed on the observatory key list. Once on the key list, members can use the observatory at any time. Here is a history of the club.

The Society holds meetings (generally every other week) to discuss current projects, to plan events such as field trips or public outreach, and discuss various topics of astronomy and astrophysics. All students and non-students are welcome to attend.

To join RAS, or to simply be added to our mailing list, send an email to or

Club Address room
Rensselaer Astrophysical Society
Rensselaer Union
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180

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Please include your full name, and RIN number if applicable. Membership dues for RPI students are $5.00 per semester or $10.00 annually and can be paid at any meeting. Dues for those from outside RPI (associate members) are $7.50 per semester or $15.00 annually.

Club Advisor and Public Observing Officials

Professor Heidi Jo Newberg Ph.D. is our club advisor.

David Morton - Public Observing Program (POP) manager.

Steve Relles - Secondary POP manager.

Jonathan Cassidy - Fill in POP manager.

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