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Welcome to Starry Sky Austin


Astronomy Programs

Ages 8 and up


Adult Classes

UT Informal Class for Adults

Larger Groups


Kids Classes

Young Astronomers Programs

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Programs

Birthday Parties


Children’s Book 

Cassandra and the Night Sky



Observatories, Public Stargazing and Lectures 

Reimers Observatory

Eagle Eye Observatory

Westcave Preserve Star Parties

Texas Museum of Science and Technology

Astronomy On Tap

Recommended Websites and Info Sources


StarDate podcasts

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Ask an Astronomer

Hubble Space Telescope 






Starry Sky Austin's Mission


Starry Sky Austin’s mission is to inspire the next generation of space explorers and adults to learn more about the universe through experiencing astronomy.  Using hands-on activities, experiential lessons and small group instruction, Starry Sky Austin empowers kids and adults to become lifelong learners, grow in awareness of our place in the universe, and truly connect with the cosmos.

Meet Our Team


Amy Jackson


Amy is the founder and director of Starry Sky Austin. Amy attended the University of Houston where she earned her Bachelor of Physics. There she learned about astronomy and helped to re-open the University of Houston observatory. After graduating from UH she attended Rice University and graduated with a Master of Science Teaching degree and her Texas Teaching Certificate in Science grades 4-8. She taught at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in private and public schools. A mother of 3, Amy has over 18 years experience teaching and working with the public. She has spent the past 8 years following her passion by inspiring Austin and the surrounding communities with hands-on astronomy classes. She is also currently employed as an astronomy educator at Travis County Milton Reimers Ranch Observatory.

Teaching Experience: Grades 6-12 Science and Math; Houston Museum of Natural Science Astronomy Dept. ; LCRA Hyatt Lost Pines Resort Stargazing ; first Austin Planetarium AstroCamp; Austin Nature and Science Center School Programs; UT Informal Classes; Starry Sky Austin

Volunteer Experience: Project Astro, AISD; LBJ Wildflower Center Nature Nights; Girls Scouts of America Lone Star Chapter; Texas chapter of the International Dark Sky Association

Member: Astronomy Society of the Pacific, International Dark Sky Association, Austin Astronomical Society, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin, Astronomers Without Borders, American Association of Variable Star Observers

Her informal approach to teaching allows for lots of questioning without feeling intimidated by the subject matter. We are all lifelong learners. Let’s get learning!

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Ben Brandenburg

Astronomy Educator

Astronomy has always been a subject that has fascinated Ben. His interest developed into a hobby in high school when he discovered the moons of Jupiter with a simple pair of binoculars. Inspired by these experiences Ben went on to study astronomy at The University of Texas. He now enjoys hosting star parties for friends, family, and the public, including visits to the South Llano River State Park. He loves to inspire others with wonder and curiosity for their surroundings and the universe. Ben is currently involved with astronomy education and outreach in the Austin area.

Joseph Garza

Joseph Garza

Astronomy Educator

From the moment his parents gave him an encyclopedia on space, Joseph was instantly hooked on astronomy. During his first year at college, a friend recommended that he watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. From there, his fascination with the Universe exploded, and countless hours were spent learning the constellations and finding planets and deep space objects with his telescope and binoculars. He carried his fascination of space with him while he attended Texas A&M International University in Laredo, starting the TAMIU Astronomy Club and hosting many public star parties for the community with the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. Three years ago, he transferred to UT Austin to study astronomy, and is currently in his Junior year. Joseph still enjoys stargazing, but what he enjoys even more is introducing people to the wonders of the night sky. After graduation he hopes to work in astronomy education. For him, watching people get excited as they look through a telescope and see Jupiter and its moons or the Orion nebula for the first time will never lose its charm.




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Register for Classes

  • Introductory Class
  • $30
  • per learner
  • introduce your learner to astronomy
  • learn how to use a telescope
  • each class is 1.5 hours
  • meets in South Austin or Cedar Park 
  • 4 Class Series
  • $100
  • per learner
  • get deeper into learning about astronomy
  • develop confidence in using a scope
  • hands-on activities
  • meets in South Austin


  • UT Informal Class for Adults
  • $129
  • per person
  • 4 class series
  • develop confidence in using a telescope
  • learn how to find constellations and navigate the night sky

Contact Us

Drop us a line: 512-829-7738

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