Austin Under the Stars
July 9, 2011 @ 12:00 am EDT
The Austin Astronomical Society (AAS), in collaboration with St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, brings to the public Austin Under the Stars (AUTS). AUTS is designed to bring the spectacles of the night sky to the Austin community. This special event, free of charge, is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 9 (backup weather date of August 6) and will take place on the St. Stephen’s Campus off of the Capital of Texas Highway at 6500 St. Stephen’s Drive 78746.
Joining AUTS for the fifth year in a row are the Friends of the Austin Planetarium. They will be providing 20 minute shows in their mobile planetarium and will be on hand to answer any questions about the progress of their project.
The event will kick off with amateur astronomers from the AAS providing safe solar viewing and the planetarium starting their shows at 7:30 p.m. Opening remarks and a sky tour will take place at 8:30p.m. with darker sky observing commencing at 9:00 p.m.
This is an exciting opportunity to introduce the public, of all ages and experience levels, to the wonders of the night sky. Viewable throughout the evening will be phenomena of the cosmos including; the Moon, Saturn, the constellations of Draco, Cassiopeia and Hercules, many galaxies, globular clusters, nebulae and more.
For more information check out http://www.austinastro.org.
About the Austin Astronomical Society – The Austin Astronomical Society was founded in August 1969 by Austin residents and University of Texas students interested in astronomy and the space sciences. The general assembly, which numbers over 300, meets on a monthly basis on the UT campus and hosts public star parties out at Canyon of the Eagles, in Burnet, at their Eagle Eye Observatory.
About the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School - Founded in 1950, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is an independent co-educational college preparatory boarding and day-school for grades 6-12.
About the Austin Planetarium - The Austin Planetarium’s mission is to create a world-class planetarium, science museum and technology center to inspire Central Texas children and adults to learn about the wonders of science and space exploration.