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Welcome to Starry Sky Austin

Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Explorers through Astronomy

Astronomy Programs

Ages 8 and up



Kids Classes and Workshops

UT Informal Class for Adults

Birthday Parties


Scout Programs

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Programs


Children’s Book Project

Cassandra and the Night Sky



Public Stargazing and Lectures 

Milton Reimers Ranch Observatory

Eagle Eye Observatory

Westcave Preserve Star Parties

Texas Museum of Science and Technology

Astronomy On Tap







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’s lifelong dream is to be an astronaut. Growing up in Houston with NASA in her backyard, she visited the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center as often as she could, based all her school science projects on space (yes, each and every one) and went to Space Camp in the 8th grade. Her high school physics teacher, Mr. Burris, inspired her to study physics in college. Her love of the mountains and the outdoors drew her to Colorado where she studied Recreation and Tourism-Interpretation at Colorado State University. She didn’t forget her dream and transferred back home to the University of Houston where she earned her Bachelor of Physics. 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 school and started a family. 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: International Dark Sky Association, Austin Astronomical Society, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin, Astronomers Without Borders

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

  • Summer STEaM Workshop Wednesdays
  • $65
  • per learner
  • Make a Telescope 
  • Make Sun Art 
  • Make Robots 
  • Make Circuits
  • Telescope Making
  • $65
  • per learner
  • 3 hour workshop 
  • Solar Viewing 
  • Make a Telescope 
  • Make a Star Wheel 
  • 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 
  • 3 Session Course
  • $75
  • per learner
  • get deeper into learning about astronomy
  • develop confidence in using a scope
  • hands-on activities
  • meets in South Austin
  • Mini-Semester Course
  • $120
  • per learner
  • go deeper in learning about astronomy
  • gain proficiency in telescope use
  • hands-on activities
  • Girl/Boy Scouts
  • $25
  • per scout
  • one 1.5 hour class
  • experience astronomy with other scouts
  • outdoor park or open space


Contact Us

Drop us a line: 512-829-7738

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