Public Programs

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 at iS.T.A.R. or our Facebook page prior to leaving for the event. If it’s cancelled, we will post a message.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities with SAAA

If you want to participate, as a volunteer, in a public star party, sign up on the NSN web site. The monthly SAAA meetings are also a great way to keep up with Outreach efforts in the club.

School Program Availability

We are available to visit your school on Tuesday evenings from mid-October to nid-March. We will consider other nights of the week on a case by case basis.  Visit our School Star Party page to determine which dates are available.

Scheduled Public Programs

  • Astronomy in the Park, every Wednesday evening, weather permitting at McAllister Park [Map]