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McDonald Observatory Star Parties and Twilight Programs

Famous thrice-weekly Star Parties under some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States as well as frequent Special Viewing Nights on some of the largest telescopes in the world. All programs are subject to capacity limits. Twilight Programs and Star Parties typically sell out days or even weeks in advance. To ensure…read more »

Famous thrice-weekly Star Parties under some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States as well as frequent Special Viewing Nights on some of the largest telescopes in the world. All programs are subject to capacity limits. Twilight Programs and Star Parties typically sell out days or even weeks in advance. To ensure program participation, make advance reservations. McDonald Observatory is 450 miles (725 km) west of Austin, Texas, and 185 miles (300 km) east of El Paso. The nearest town is Ft. Davis, Texas, about 18 miles (30 km) away. “Skies are dark. There are guided constellation tours and telescopes set up for viewing. If it’s a clear night, it’s an awesome and memorable night sky experience for families and beginners.”

Deborah Byrd

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