Austin Under The Stars

 ASTRONOMY FOR THE PUBLIC — Austin Under The Stars is a special event, free to  the public, offering a full experience of astronomical observation, including safe solar  viewing. Hosted by the Austin Astronomical Society and St. Stephen's Episcopal School, the public is invited to join local astronomers who will be viewing our closest  stellar neighbor, the Sun, in daytime skies, using special protective filters on several  telescopes.  After the Sun slips under the horizon, we'll turn our attention to the  celestial wonders in the night skies. 

 The next Austin Under The Stars will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Please check  back here for more information as the date approaches, including a cancellation  announcement that day if necessary due to the weather.  

 Austin Under the Stars attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and water  and/or refreshments as well as telescopes and/or binoculars, if desired. Pets and smoking are not permitted on the observing field; nor is aerosol insect repellant and flash photography. The use of white light flashlights on the field is discouraged. "Astronomy-friendly flashlights" can easily be made by placing a square of red transparent film, available at any hobby shop, or even a couple of layers of red tissue paper fitted over the end of a flashlight works well and sealing with tape or a rubber band.

St. Stephens is located in West Austin, off Loop 360 at 6500 St. Stephens Drive. Turn west from Loop 360 onto Westlake Drive, which runs into St. Stephen's Drive. (See more directions and maps.) Public parking will be available on campus.

The Austin Astronomical Society would like to extend its thanks to St. Stephens and Frank Mikan, Science Department Chair and Observatory Director, for their generosity in hosting this public event. St. Stephens has maintained a strong commitment to the sciences. With Mr. Mikan as Science Department chair, St. Stephens' students now enjoy an on-site observatory complete with professional teaching-grade telescopes and other astronomy-related equipment. For more information, see the school's website.

Click here for a copy of this year's flyer.

AAS Telescope Field and Parking Area

This expanded view shows parking for AAS members as well as the telescope field.  The Welcome Desk, Youth Activity Tables and the Solar Viewing Station will be added during the week of July 28th.  If Mother Nature has other plans for Saturday August 2, then this setup will also apply for the tentative rain date of August 16, 2014.

Austin Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 12831, Austin, TX 78711


Supporting members of the Astronomical League, Night Sky Network and International Dark Skies Association.

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