The Biggest Astronomy Event in Southeast Texas!
Astronomy Day 2016 will be held on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the George Observatory, satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located in Brazos Bend State Park, one hour southwest of Houston.
The annual Astronomy Day event offers numerous activities for adults and kids of all ages:
- Indoor and Outdoor Presentations starting at 4:00 p.m.
- Expedition Center Flight Simulations
- Safe Solar Observing of Sunspots and Prominences
- Domed Telescopes and Amateur Telescopes to View the Night Skies
- Face Painting and Astronomy Buttons for the Kids
- Advice on How to Get Started in Astronomy
- How to Purchase and Use Telescopes
- Free Material on Astronomy and Deep Space exploration
- Meet Amateur Astronomers from Local Astronomy Clubs
- Indoor Displays
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase/dontation from Pearland BSA Troop 404, set up near the main entrance. The George Observatory Gift Shop will be open for the entire event, where you can find snacks and exclusive science-related souvenirs for friends and family!
There is plenty to see and do at the George Observatory in the daytime, but the observatory really comes to life at night! Observe the Moon and deep sky objects, enjoy professional research telescope viewing through 18", 14" and 36" telescopes. There will also be numerous telescopes of all types and sizes on the observing deck. You will be able to see craters on the Moon, and deep sky objects such as planetary nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies,.
Astronomy Day 2016 at The George Observatory/HMNS is made possible by the combined efforts of numerous astronomy clubs and organizations in the area, including the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, Houston Astronomical Society, Astronomical Society of South East Texas, Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society, North Houston Astronomy Club, Huntsville Amateur Astronomy Society, George Observatory/Houston Museum of Natural Science, Insperity Observatory at Humble ISD, Houston Community College, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Lunar & Planetary Institute, NASA's Night Sky Network, Land Sea & Sky, and many others.
The Astronomy Day event is free to the public. Admission to Brazos Bend State Park (where the George Observatory is located) is $7.00 per person, with free admission into the park for kids under 12.
For more information on Brazos Bend State Park, driving directions, camping, facilities, etc., please call (979) 553-5101 or visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/brazos_bend/
We look forward to seeing you at George Observatory's Astronomy Day 2016 event on October 24th!
- Presentation Line-Up
- Kid's Activites
- Past Astronomy Day Events
- Regional "All Clubs" Meeting
- Coordinator Contacts
- Main Volunteer List
Main Volunteer List
- Research Dome Volunteer List
Research Dome Volunteer List
- Deck Scope Map
Deck Scope Map
- East Dome Volunteer List
East Dome Volunteer List
- West Dome Volunteer List
West Dome Volunteer List