Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Where to Star Gaze in Central Texas This Summer

The big Texas skies and summer breeze beckon you to turn your attention to the sky to gaze at the stars! Living in the city can mean seeing fewer stars, so we’ve listed some events and locations that will make star gazing amazing across the Austin-area.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMoST)

1220 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park
(512) 961-5333

Explore science at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology this summer. And if you want to gaze at the stars, the Planetarium is covered in the cost of general admission! Weekly Star Parties are also held in the parking lot every Friday from 8-10pm, weather permitting.

Show schedule:

University of Texas Astronomy Department Astronomy Outreach

Robert Lee Moore Hall at Dean Keaton and Speedway
Painter Hall at 24th Street and Inner Campus Dr.
(512) 232-4265

The Astronomy Department hosts three free weekly viewing nights for the public on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. The summer session is scheduled to begin the second week of June. Be sure to check the schedule online to confirm before heading out. All ages are welcome but small children must be watched at all times.

Wednesday night Public Viewing
Friday and Saturday Public Viewing

Science Under the Stars

Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin

Science Under the Stars is a free lecture series hosted by the graduate students in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior department at the University of Texas and sponsored by UT's Section of Integrative Biology.

June 9 at 8pm: Emily Marie Booth (wildfire)
July 14 at 8pm: Nathan LeClear (photosynthesis)

Canyon of the Eagles

16942 Ranch Rd. 2341, Burnet
(512) 334-2070

Canyon of the Eagles is a resort in the Texas Hill Country that is located off Lake Buchanan. Guests at the resort have free access to the Eagle Eye Observatory, a high-tech telescope operated by the Austin Astronomical Society. The Observatory is operated several nights a week, weather permitting. Not a guest at the resort? The public is invited to monthly Star Parties for a fun learning experience that is hosted by the AAS and features additional astronomical equipment from the Society's private collection.Study the night sky with the help of the experts as they take you on a fascinating journey into the history and seasons of the stars and planets. How many constellations can you spot?
The show kicks off at sundown, so don't be late!

Public nights are June 25, July 30, August 13 in 2016.

Enchanted Rock Star Party
Cul-de-sac near Summit Trail, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg
(830) 685-3636

Friday, July 8, 2016

Join Enchanted Rock Staff and members of the Hill Country Astronomers for a night of Stargazing.

If you would like to view the sun through a solar viewer before it sets in the evening, plan to arrive around 5:30 pm.  If you are coming out for the Star party, you will need to arrive before 7:00 pm as parking will be restricted to areas further away from the telescopes.  If you have a flashlight with "red light' capabilities, we suggest using them, as white light flashlights can ruin your night vision.  As always with theses events, Less light is better!  Cost is $7 per person over 13, 12 and under free. What to Bring:  Water, a chair, and a snack.  There will be plenty of scopes for the public to view from but these events are always BYOT (Bring your own telescope) if you would like to share and meet some other astronomers of young and old.

Austin Astronomical Society: Austin Under the Stars
St. Stephen’s School, 6500 St. Stephen’s Dr., Austin
(512) 327-1213

July 23, 3-10pm

Austin Under The Stars is an annual special event that offers a full experience of astronomical observation, including safe solar viewing. The Austin Astronomical Society and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School invite the public to join local astronomers who will be viewing our closest stellar neighbor, the Sun, in daytime skies.  They will be using solar telescopes as well as several other telescopes with special protective filters. As the Sun slips below the horizon, our attention will then turn to the celestial wonders in the night skies.

Austin Under The Stars attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and water and/or refreshments as well as telescopes and/or binoculars. Pets and smoking are not permitted on the observing field; nor are aerosol insect repellent and flash photography. The use of white light flashlights on the field is discouraged. “Astronomy-friendly” flashlights can be made easily by placing a square of red transparent film, available at any hobby shop, over the lens.  Even a couple of layers of red tissue paper fitted over the end of a flashlight works well when sealed with tape or a rubber band.

Share your photos on Instagram as you complete items off the Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids for a chance to win weekly prizes. Tag #AustinSummerFun and be sure your profile is set to public. We can't wait to see your family having fun together this summer!

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