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Stargazing 101
When 
Fri, 6/11/2021 9:00pm to 10:00pm
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Where 
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd. 965
, , 78624
United States (830) 685-3636 x804
Description:

Join a Park Ranger as we talk about the importance of dark skies while learning to navigate the stars above.

From finding constellations to specific stars. From myths and legends about these celestial beings to scientific facts and figures. We’ll spend our time looking and learning.

As an International Dark Sky Park, Enchanted Rock boasts some of the darkest skies in this part of Texas, which means the stars at night ARE big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. We will be bare eye stargazing. Feel free to bring your own telescope or camera.

IMPORTANT: Reservations are required to enter the State Natural Area Friday through Monday, on holidays and/or during school breaks. You can check pass availability here.

RSVP: You must contact us in advance to attend this program, as we are limiting attendance. RSVP by emailing or calling the contact listed in this event listing. Note: all attendees must enter the park prior to 8pm when the front gate closes.

Location Lower Parking Lot. There is no hiking as part of this program. Park in the Summit Parking or RV Parking lots.

Schedule

  • 9:00-9:15pm Introduction to Dark Skies 
  • 9:15-10:00pm Guided Stargazing

Bring 

  • Lawn chair (optional) 
  • Dress for the weather 
  • Flashlight (preferably with a red lens; mainly for walk back to vehicle/campsite) 

Please no flashlights or cell phones during this event (it can take 20-30 minutes for our eyes to adjust from bright light to darkness). Red-tinted lights are permitted.

Reservations are required to enter the state natural area Friday through Sunday, holidays or school breaks. You can check day pass availability online at TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com. An RSVP to the listed contact is also required to attend this program.

Entrance fees: $8/adult; children 12 and under are free; no additional fees for park programs. Entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass

All programs are weather dependent -- if it rains, the Summit Trail and all elevated trails and areas of the park are closed. Also, if it's cloudy -- stars will not be visible.

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Ages: 
All ages