Wrapping Up the Last Star Party 2015

Ah, those long summer days are coming, and that means that our Star Parties must be put on hiatus until fall.

Here are some photos from the Star Party on Friday, March 27, 2015.  A big thanks to everyone who came out, and to all of our volunteers.


Balancing the gravity bird on their noses. Talent!


Professor Fulton and students taking a break from viewing sunspots.



Jupiter and at least three moons.


the moon

Our moon, as seen through the telescopes and captured by cell phone.


Rocks and fossils.


Star Party This Friday

starpartyStar Party #2 for 2014-2015 will be this Friday from 5:30-9:30 at ACC’s Round Rock campus.  We’ll be there, plus our friends from the Austin Planetarium will be there with their mobile planetarium.  There’s be a talk on the discovery of Uranus and Neptune from Dr. Heath, and everyone can take in the wonders of the night sky from the observatory.

For more info, visit go.austincc.edu/starparty

Star Party This Friday – October 24, 2014!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us from 5:30-9:30 at Austin Community College’s Round Rock campus for a night of science fun for the whole family!

From 5:30-7:00pm, ACCHaoS will be there with all of the exciting hands-on science exhibits for kids, and Austin Planetarium will have planetarium shows in the Discovery Dome.

At 7:00, our own Dr. Jim Heath, ACC professor of astronomy and physics will hold a public talk entitled, “Science: What It Can and Cannot Do.”

Last, but not least, the observing deck will be open to the public for some night sky viewing.

Check out all the details at go.austincc.edu/starparty!

ACCHaOS on the Road: Star Party Time!

021It’s time for the first Star Party of the Spring 2012 semester!  Join us on Friday, February 15th from 5:30pm until 9:30pm at ACC’s Round Rock campus for a night of family-friendly science and fun.  It’s free, and the public is invited.

From 5:30 until 8:00pm, ACCHaOS will have their hands-on science activities set up in the lobby of building 2000, and the Austin Planetarium will be presenting planetarium shows in the mobile planetarium, the Discovery Dome.

From 7:00 until 8:00pm, Dr. Jim Heath of the Astronomy and Physics programs at ACC will give an hour-long talk,  “What’s the Deal with Pluto?”,  in room 3339 in building 3000.

At 7:30 the observing deck will be opened for some guided night sky viewing through the three ACC telescopes. At 7:30 the observing deck will open, and ACC faculty will assist the public in viewing the night sky.  The Pleiades, the Orion Nebula, and of course, our own Moon will be in the sky for viewing.

More information about the event  is available at go.austincc.edu/starparty