Star parties planned at Blinn’s Schulenburg campus
This spring stargazers can visit Blinn College’s Schulenburg campus on two special nights. Star parties are planned for March 6, 7- 9 p.m., and April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Schaefer Observatory. Astronomy instructor Gordon Houston will be on hand to assist with the telescope and inform partygoers about the universe. Admission is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to use the Black Street parking lot.
Aspiring astronomers can gain more in-depth knowledge by signing up for the next stargazing class. The class has been rescheduled for March 29-May 3. It will meet 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Mondays. The community education class includes the Big Bang theory, star and galaxy formation and evolution, basic celestial mechanics, observing equipment, and the tools to reach for the cosmos. For more information on this and additional community and workforce education classes, call 979-743-5237
The Schaefer Observatory was built in the 1940s by local hardware store owner H.P. Schaefer and his sons because Mr. Schaefer wanted to see the mountains and craters on the moon. The college received the observatory last year. The observatory is available for booking other events.