STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s College of Science and Mathematics will host its free spring Star Party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Hunewell Ranch observatory. Stars and deep space objects will be visible through Tarleton’s 32-inch reflecting research telescope and several smaller scopes.
Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, set up on special concrete slabs and share their view with others. Tarleton faculty and members of the university’s Society of Physics Students will offer tours inside the observatory.
Arrivals at the ranch gate will be directed where to park. Ideal night viewing occurs in conditions as dark as possible, so guests are asked to turn their headlights off as they approach the parking area.
For information, including any weather issues, call 254-968-0523. Directions to Hunewell Ranch and information about Tarleton’s Program for Astronomy Education and Research are at http://www.tarleton.edu/observatory.A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.