mcdonald observatory

Experience Life in Texas’ Highest Community at McDonald Observatory

March 24, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The astronomical research station in the Davis Mountains welcomes visitors for star parties and a sky-high lodge

McDonald Observatory and Big Bend Communities are Forming the World’s Largest Dark-Sky Preserve

August 4, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Did you know that stars shine so bright in the West Texas desert that you can see in the dark on a clear night?

In Search of Pioneering Astronomer Alice Farnsworth at the McDonald Observatory

March 26, 2020 | By Karen Olsson

Escape the Heat and Love the Nightlife

July 16, 2015 | By E. Dan Klepper

We love the night illuminated, whether by the strobe of fireflies or the dazzle of Ferris wheels, and we are drawn to light’s embrace whenever it glimmers in the darkness like an invitation to dance. We may not be much good at the moves, but it beats standing alone in a dark corner tapping our feet.

Galaxy Quest

January 9, 2013 | By E. Dan Klepper

The summit of Mount Locke, home to McDonald Observatory, pokes into a particularly isolated patch of the rural West Texas sky, making it a very dark place to be on a moonless night.

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