Year: 2012

UT Informal Classes offers stargazing at the LBJ Wildflower Center

Register starting December 3rd for the Stargazing course I will be teaching for UT Informal Classes at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  There is a 10% discount for Wildflower Center Members.  Click here to register: REGISTER. Click here to read about the course: COURSE INFO.

December 1, 2012 0

The Full Moon, Jupiter and Cadette Girl Scouts

  What a beautiful night last night!  This special groups of Girl Scouts you see in the photos above have been together since they were in first grade!  We met at Brushy Creek Lake Park: a great location for an unobstructed view of the night sky. They definitely earned their Night Owl Badge last night!…
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November 29, 2012 0

Shuttle Endeavour Inspires Elementary Students

Last month on the official first day of Fall,  I walked my first grader to school. As she was putting away her bicycle, I heard kids shouting.  I thought someone fell off their bicycle or there was a car accident.  Lo and behold, everyone started to point up to the sky in excitement.  It was…
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October 22, 2012 0

Join me for new stargazing class offerings beginning November 6th!

If you are  8 or older and interested in learning more about our night sky then you are in luck!  Starting November 6th, I will be offering 4 stargazing classes.  Do you want to learn how to use a telescope and gain confidence in finding planets, stars and constellations? Join me for night time stargazing…
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October 18, 2012 0

International Observe the Moon Night Saturday, September 22

All systems go for International Observe the Moon Night, THIS Saturday night, September 22nd. If the skies stay clear, I’ll be on Pfluger bridge with my telescope.  Come experience the beauty our Moon has to offer!

September 17, 2012 0

Astro Camp Friday- ACCHaos

What a great end to a great week!  Everyone survived the late-night stargazing last night and came back ready to finish the week.  We started the day learning about astrobiology and what makes a planet habitable. We then had a visit from ACCHaos, the Austin Community College Physical Science Department’s hands-on science outreach program. Take…
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July 20, 2012 0

Astro Camp Solar System Walk Wednesday

If the Sun was a bowling ball… If Mercury was a pinhead… If Mercury was a pinhead… If Venus was a peppercorn… If Earth was a second peppercorn… If Earth was a second peppercorn… If Mars was a If the asteroid belt was a pinch of flour spread out and orbiting the Sun If Jupiter…
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July 20, 2012 0

Astro Camp photos of the day- Tuesday

Astro Camp has been great this week so far. Monday we learned about stellar evolution, had the chance to look at the Sun through Erika’s H-alpha solar telescope and see solar prominences and sun spots.  The campers saw some sunspots through my sun-funnel setup on my telescope as well.  The kids got to take home…
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July 17, 2012 0


June 15, 2012 0

Transit of Venus Tuesday, June 5th

This Tuesday, June 5th the Austin Astronomical Society and UT will be hosting a Venus transit viewing event on top of the RLM building on campus at UT.  Check out the flyer I posted above for details.  This won’t happen for another 105 years!  Check it out! Visit for more information.

June 2, 2012 1