Come see the famously big and bright Texas stars with expert and amateur astronomers! The Austin Astronomical Society will have multiple telescopes available to visitors at the Star Theater, you just have to bring your own chair. They are located far enough away from major light sources that you’ll be able to see multiple planets, constellations, and even the Milky Way.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind before you head out:
– The event is weather permitting. If it’s just cloudy we’ll still be out there, but rain will force us to cancel the event. Look for updates here.
– No lights or cell phones once you enter the viewing area. Each time you look at your cell phone or a blueish light you lose your night vision for up to 40 minutes. This makes it very hard to see the stars even with a telescope!
– If you bring a flashlight, make sure it’s a red light or has a red filter on it. Normal lights can mess up your natural night vision and interfere with the telescopes.
– Dogs will not be allowed in the viewing area, but are allowed in the parking lot.
– Many of the telescopes are owned and operated by these astronomers, so please don’t touch the equipment unless it’s OK with them. Walk on up to any of the scopes and ask what they’re looking at! They’ll all be happy to share.
When: Saturday, October 19th
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Normal entrance fees are required to enter the park which is $6 for each person over 13 years old. The office will be closing at 6 p.m., so skip the long line and pay ahead of time here. If you wait to pay at the park, bring exact change for the self-pay station.
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, Texas 78636