Kerrville, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is well-known for parties with lavish attire, fine wines, and delectable foods. Monday, February 27, 2017, will commence a new kind of party, one with genuine stars. There will be a new kind of name dropping, “…yeah, well, we were just looking at M42, you know that’s the Orion Nebula, and you’ll never guess who came into the observatory.” The centerpiece of this star party is a 16-inch telescope.
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Party With the Stars at This Kerrville Event
Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)
Photo: Putman Mountain Observatory
This long-exposure photo won’t necessarily be a galaxy you’ll see at the star party, but it’s up there. The party will be held at the new Loftis Family Science Center on the campus of Schreiner University beginning at 9 p.m. The entrance gate is along East Main Street across from the Schreiner University baseball and softball fields. There is no admission fee.
Photo: Schreiner University
At a meeting with Schreiner University officials, professors, and other enthusiasts on Friday night at the facility, amateur astronomer Ken Kattner presented the program of the International Dark Sky movement. He has been encouraging the City of Kerrville to join the movement by adopting an outdoor lighting ordinance like neighboring Fredericksburg, Blanco, Johnson City, Llano, and Mason have in the last several years. Kattner located his Putman Mountain Observatory west of Enchanted Rock because of the darkness of the sky in that area.