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Texas - December/January 2017

Stellar stargazing spots in Texas

Copper Breaks State Park
Quanah, TX

This Panhandle park was one of the first places in Texas to be dubbed an International Dark Sky Park for its standout starry nights. It regularly hosts guided hikes and astronomy programs. tpwd.texas.gov


McDonald Observatory
Fort Davis, TX

For some of the most technologically sophisticated star watching in the country, check out the regular Tuesday-, Friday-, and Saturday-night parties at this University of Texas outpost. Check the website for dates (December 1 is next) when visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the sky through massive research telescopes. mcdonaldobservatory.org 


Eagle Eye Observatory
Burnet, TX

The Austin Astronomical Society holds monthly viewing parties at the Canyon of the Eagles resort, located at the center of a 940-acre nature preserve on the Colorado River. Distant star sightings come courtesy of a sixteen-inch telescope, along with help from the society’s members. austinastro.org


Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg, TX

At this Central Texas gathering ground, a gigantic pink granite dome rises 1,825 feet above sea level, giving stargazers a closer view of the heavens. Don’t miss the Rock Star festival on December 3 for an evening of stargazing, hikes, and expert talks. tpwd.texas.gov