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Get Ready for 2018’s International Dark Sky Week!

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International Dark Sky Week is a great time to schedule some fun, educational events or publicity about protecting our night skies! April will be here before you know it, so it's time to think about what you and your community could do. Before you decide how to celebrate, sure to check out the resources on… Read More

Online Auction Benefits Texas Night Sky Festival®

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Now's your chance to be the winning bidder on one of three amazing items. When you're ready, go here to bid. Matt Dieterich’s “Star Trails over Mt. Rainier” limited edition signed artist proof on 16” x 24” aluminum is the last of the limited edition of 8. The photograph was selected to grace one of the… Read More

Not Expecting Breakfast Tacos on the IDA Texas Blog?

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But we're reaching out to everyone in Texas interested in protecting the night sky. And, we're holding a Breakfast Meeting! You probably already know about the terrific, 2nd Texas Night Sky Festival® to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park in (where else?) Dripping Springs, just west of weird (that’s Austin). … Read More

IDA Texas Meeting! You’re Invited!

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You probably already know about the terrific, 2nd Annual Texas Night Sky Festival® to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park in (where else?) Dripping Springs, just west of weird (that’s Austin). It will be a great and grand festival, full of fun, and you can read all about… Read More

Oil Flares – Big and Bright at Night in the Heart of West Texas

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by Ned Samson Last month astronomers at the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas noticed bright new lights on the horizon. At one of the world’s foremost locations for astronomical observation, home to the largest telescope in North America, this sort of intrusion into darkness is not taken lightly. In fact, in… Read More

The “Ah” Factor Captured at Putman Mountain Observatory

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Wow! A great photo of the Antennae Galaxies from Ken Kattner at Putman Mountain Observatory in the Texas Hill Country. These are skies to stand up for! Ken describes the photo: "The Antennae Galaxies are a pair of interacting galaxies in the constellation Corvus (also known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039). The galaxies are… Read More