Public Outreach

Public Outreach Sharing our knowledge of the cosmos has always been the core principle of the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Many of our members are avid astronomers and are very enthusiastic about the hobby. Each year we hold several public observing sessions to help you learn more. Please make plans to attend. See our public viewing events schedule below for dates.

You do not need to be a member of the club or own any astronomical equipment to attend. All you need is an interest in the wonders of the Universe.

Public OutreachPreparation for these observing session begins at home home. Dress appropriately for the time of year! Mild winter days can become very cold winter nights. Please check the weather forecast. For lighting, cover a flashlight in red cellophane (darker the better). Bring along water to keep hydrated and plan on staying the entire evening or as long as the weather allows. Please dim your vehicles headlights when arriving and departing.

Feel free to walk around and enjoy the sights through the equipment on display but please ask the owner before using. It’s best to control children around expensive astronomical equipment. Remember, telescope mirrors are sensitive to cigarette smoke and bug spray. Pets should not be brought onto the observing field.

Please check back with this website prior to leaving for the event. If it’s cancelled, there will be a notice prominently displayed on the homepage (www.sanantonioastronomy.org).

Club members will begin to arrive just prior to darkness.

If you would like to have the San Antonio Astronomical Association visit your organization or school, contact our Public Programs Coordinator, Danielle Rappaport, or fill out our online Outing request form.

School Program Availability

We are available to visit your school on Tuesday evenings from mid-October to early March.   We will consider other nights of the week  on a case by case basis.

Scheduled Public Programs

  • Astronomy in the Park, every Wednesday evening, weather permitting at McAllister Park [Map]
  • Astronomy in the Park at Woodlawn Lake, on the third Thursday of each month, weather permitting at Woodlawn Park [Map]

iS.T.A.R. Outreach

Our Size in the Universe 

This short video compares the sizes of various objects in the Universe

 

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