Located within the Brazos Bend State Park. Observatory telescopes – 36?, 18? and 14? in size – allow both amateur and professional astronomers to conduct research, while visitors gain first-hand knowledge of the beautiful and awe-inspiring sights of the night sky (Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s cloud belts, a partial or total eclipse of the moon, a bright meteor or fireball that lights up the ground, the Milky Way, a close pairing of two planets, and more). The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope is one of the largest telescopes in the U.S. that is regularly available for public viewing. Note that the Park and Observatory have different hours and both require separate tickets (park is $7 for those over 13, and the Observatory is another $7 for adults/$6 for children). Be sure you enter the park by 9:30 p.m.; otherwise, you won’t be able to get to the observatory within the park. Weather permitting, telescope tickets become available at the George Observatory Gift Shop. “It is truly a sight you won’t want to miss. A must-see if you’re in the Houston metro area. Check it out! ”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.