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University of Texas Star Party

Feb 17, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Every Wednesday night while UT is in session the astronomy department sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall, which is located at the southeast corner of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th street) and Speedway. Once you reach RLM, take the elevators to the 17th floor and then follow the signs to the stairs up to the telescope. Click here for map to RLM and nearby parking garages. (Garage rate information is available here.)

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The telescope was purchased from Group 128 in 1977 at a cost of about $18,500. It was primarily used for teaching undergraduate astronomy majors the processes involved in modern astronomical observation and for graduate student projects. After time, the telescope began to suffer from wear and tear. So in 1997, a grant proposal was approved by the National Science Foundation with matching funds from a generous private donor. In July 1998, the telescope was re-fit with a state-of-the-art mount and new clock drive at a cost of $50,000. The telescope is controlled from a Dell desktop computer using contol software called PC-TCS. 

All ages are welcome, but they ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times. Viewing times change throughout the year so please check this page for current times before planning your visit. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information.(This line is updated approximately 30-45 minutes before the scheduled start time.)

Admission: free

When: Wednesdays

Time: now – March 9th 7 pm – 10 pm / March 23 = May 4th 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The University of Texas


Photo Credit: http://umich.edu/~lowbrows/astrophotos/tsp/tsp20s.html


Feb 17, 2016
7:00 am - 10:00 pm