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Stargazing 101

8:00p to 9:30p
Fri, October 01, 2021
Jessica DeBoer
(830) 685-3636, x804

Join a Park Ranger as we learn 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.

Location Lower Parking Lot. There is no hiking as part of this program. Parking will be in the Campground or Summit Parking Lots. Let us know if you need any special accommodations!

Schedule

  • 8:00-8:15 pm - Introduction to Dark Skies
  • 8:15-9:00 pm - Guided Stargazing
  • 9:00-9:30 pm - Free 'gazing

Bring 

  • Lawn chair or stargazing blanket (optional)
  • Dress for the weather
  • Insect repellent
  • 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.

Entrance fees: $8/adult; children 12 and under are free; no additional fees for this event. Entry is free with an active 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.

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 online at TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com. All visitors must be in the park prior to 8PM when the entrance gate closes.

If you are arriving before or after office hours, you will need to use the self-pay station to obtain your park entrance permit. The self-pay station is located at the front of the office and is cash (exact change), check, reservation or Texas State Parks Pass only.

Check for additional stargazing dates on the park events page and/or below.

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