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San Antonio Astronomical Association invites you to share the wonder and excitement of astronomy.

The members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association enjoy exploring, observing, and learning about the objects in our solar system and beyond. We want to share our experience with you. From beginner to professional astronomer, with or without a telescope, we invite you to join us in this exciting and rewarding endeavor.

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Scobee Education Center Grand Opening Star Party

Come on out to the Scobee Education Center on the evening of November 1st for a public star party to celebrate the Grand Opening of … Continue reading

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Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

Friday, October 31, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Scobee Education Center [Map] San Antonio College and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees present the … Continue reading

Speed of Light

SAAA Monthly Meeting

Come on out to our November meeting for a presentation on “The Speed of Light and Cosmic Puzzles” by Lunar Scientist  Loise Riofrio of the … Continue reading

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Yale University’s Astronomy 160 Course – Free

San Antonio Astronomical Association via Orion Telescopes & Binoculars via Facebook Yale University’s Astronomy 160 course free content in itunes. Astronomy: Frontiers and Controversies – … Continue reading

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Astronomy in the Park

Come on out to Astronomy in the Park.  See some stars.  See five planets.  See the Galilean Moons.  See the Rings of Saturn.  See the … Continue reading


  • Scobee Education Center Grand Opening Star Party


    Come on out to the Scobee Education Center on the evening of November 1st for a public star party to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Scobee Education Center, formerly the Challenger Learning Center, and the Scobee Planetarium

    Members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association will have their telescopes set up to share the night sky with the public.  This event is free.

    Map to the Scobee Education Center

  • Scobee Education Center Grand Opening


    Friday, October 31, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    San Antonio College and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees present the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Scobee Education Center.

    Come celebrate SAC’s newest building on campus at this high-profile event, including special guests: Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Chair of the National Challenger Center and Lee Greenwood, recording artist and country music icon, singing ‘God Bless America.’

    Once opened, the Scobee Education Center will become San Antonio’s center for space and science exploration. The building is state-of-the-art and features a newly remodeled planetarium and observatory, and a brand new Challenger Learning Center.

    WHAT
    A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Scobee Education Center.

    WHEN
    Friday, October 31, 2014
    9 to 10 a.m.

    WHERE
    Scobee Education Center
    San Antonio College
    1300 San Pedro Ave
    San Antonio, Texas 78212
    View campus map

    WHO
    This event is open to the public.

    CONTACT
    For more info or to RSVP for this event, please email mcollett@alamo.edu or call 210-486-0961.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    SAC broke ground on the Scobee Planetarium/Challenger (now named the Scobee Education Center) in May of 2012. During this 2+ years of extensive remodeling and new construction, the existing building, which included the Planetarium and Observatory, underwent major renovation. New construction added the Challenger Learning Center which has increased the building size to a total of 22,000 square feet.

    The Scobee Planetarium, named for Francis “Dick” Scobee, flight commander of the ill-fated Challenger mission, has been a San Antonio College staple for more than 50 years. It has ushered in millions of visitors over the years, and will continue to serve the community with invigorating shows and events.

    With the addition of the Challenger component, the Scobee Education Center will become the hub of all space and science education for not only the city of San Antonio, but for the South Texas region. The Challenger component will provide the community, school-aged children and educators a unique resource for hands-on learning about space, science and more. The Center will also provide professional development opportunities and rental space for special events.

  • SAAA Monthly Meeting


    Come on out to our November meeting for a presentation on “The Speed of Light and Cosmic Puzzles” by Lunar Scientist  Loise Riofrio of the Johnson Space Center.

    Our November meeting is on 14 November at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, 6720 Broadway,Alamo Heights, TX 78209.

    Our Novice Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and our General Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

    This meeting is free and open to the public.

  • Yale University’s Astronomy 160 Course – Free


    San Antonio Astronomical Association via Orion Telescopes & Binoculars via Facebook

    Yale University’s Astronomy 160 course free content in itunes.
    Astronomy: Frontiers and Controversies – Download Free Content from Yale University on iTunes
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    Download or subscribe to free content from Astronomy: Frontiers and Controversies by Yale University on iTunes.

  • Astronomy in the Park


    Come on out to Astronomy in the Park.  See some stars.  See five planets.  See the Galilean Moons.  See the Rings of Saturn.  See the “canals” of Mars.   Get Mooned by the Moon.

    Astronomy in the Park, presented by the San Antonio Astronomical Association, is the longest running public star party in the San Antonio Metro area.  It is held each Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Lower Bee Tree Soccer Field parking lot at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road, weather permitting.  [Map]

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    1. You would probably want to go to Analytical Scientific on Bandera Rd just about 1/2 mile east of 1604. Sorry, I don’t have the street address with me. There you will find some very good quality telescopes from beginner to advanced amateur. You know your daughter better than I do, obviously, but if she is really interested, get her one that won’t have her bored and frustrated within 3 months. I would recommend an 8″ reflector by Orion. She will be able to see more than the full moon with that. Don’t forget that she will need a couple of eyepieces and perhaps a nebula filter or two. She will also need a planisphere and a decent star charet or atlas. Sky & Telescope publishes a “pocket” guide that has everything in it that she would need. It sells for about $20.00. Good luck and keep her enthused. It will pay off in later times.

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