Four Texas Hotels and Resorts With Plenty of Star Power

April 17, 2024 | By

As Texans got a front-row seat to a magnificent total solar eclipse this month, interest in astronomy has reached a record high.

A Trip Out West Offers a Glimpse at the Final Frontier

August 21, 2023 | By Matt Adams

After driving solo seven hours from Fort Worth to Marathon in West Texas, I was ready for my head to hit the pillow.

The Sky’s the Limit at South Llano River State Park

February 3, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of different outdoor activities.

Willow House in Terlingua Offers Out-of-This-World Views

March 25, 2021 | By Clayton Maxwell

Hill Country Alliance’s Inaugural Night Sky Month Kicks Off October With a Harvest Moon

October 1, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

This October features a full moon on its first day, known as the Harvest Moon, and another on its last, a Blue Moon—as in “once in a,” because two full moons in one month doesn’t happen every year.

Brighten Up Your Camping Trip After Dark with Stargazing

August 19, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Camping brings to mind full days of activities like hiking, climbing, and swimming. But one of the best parts of a camping trip actually happens when the sun sets for the day—stargazing. From any reasonably dark campsite in Texas, you can see prominent constellations, planets, and the moon. Some parks across the state have achieved designation as “dark-sky parks” because of their efforts to control light pollution, while some host star parties to introduce visitors to the night sky.

Take in the Beauty of the Night Sky at the The Texas Star Party

April 30, 2020 | By Asher Elbein

How Communities are Joining the Fight to Keep Texas’ Night Skies Big and Bright

November 27, 2019 | By Rachel Monroe

Perseid Meteor Show

August 11, 2016 | By

There’s a big production tonight, and it’s in the skies. Join the millions of eyes that will be looking upward for what is expected to be a brilliant showing of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Perseid meteor shower viewing at Brazos Bend State Park

July 8, 2016 | By

Escape the city lights with a trip to the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for the Perseid meteor shower.

Texas Night Sky Festival

February 17, 2016 | By

On March 5, the Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs offers a slate of activities that explore the attributes of nature at night, as well as ways to protect darkness from ever-encroaching artificial light pollution.

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.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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