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ClearSky Chart ( Today/Tonight: Old Tunnel State  Park 

Click here for this month's calendar of Astronomical and HCA events
 
And a Warm Welcome to you from the Hill Country Astronomers!

Hill Country Astronomers (HCA) is an organization open to anyone interested in astronomy. A group of amateur astronomers founded HCA in August 2011. We have members from all walks of life who live full or part time around Central Texas. Some members are experienced and accomplished astronomers, while others are beginners. Some members have invested substantial amounts of money in astronomy equipment, while others have no equipment at all. No matter what your situation, you are welcome to participate in HCA at whatever level you choose. We hope HCA can fulfill your interest in learning more about the night sky.

Our key objectives include:
  • Encouragement of astronomy and space science through our monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month, and through observing sessions with fellow astronomy enthusiasts
  • Increasing public awareness by attending and help with the organizing of Public Star Parties in the surrounding area

  • Sponsoring observing sessions for the general public and local area schools
We hope you will join us in supporting this great hobby, and encouraging the furtherment of knowledge about astronomy and science for future generations. 
Next Meeting

Monday, November 6th, 2017
6:30pm at the Hill Country University Center
2818 US Hwy 290 East, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month - any exceptions will be noted here. Each meeting begins with an interesting program related to astronomy presented by club members or guest speakers, followed by a short business discussion.

August TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE !!!



Photo by Bruce Barton in Alliance, Nebraska

August 21st - Across much of the USA. From the Fredericksburg area, the eclipse was partial and looked something like:


Remember that if you missed this eclipse, there's an even better Total Solar Eclipse (4 1/2m) on April 8th, 2024, and the center line of that eclipse is just a few miles West of Fredericksburg(!!).

Club Star Parties

October 13th, 2017 - contact HCA for further details.


Club Star Parties are generally once a month on Fridays - usually the Friday nearest the new moon if the clear sky forecast is good. The time varies with the season and the locations include various dark sky locales around the Hill Country. Membership is not required to attend a Club Star Party.

HCA will also participate at the public star party at the LBJ National Park on November 18th, details to follow

Our members also participate in larger parties (e.g., Texas Star Party, Eldorado Star Party) and provide equipment and support for outreach parties (e.g., Enchanted Rock and Lost Maples State Natural Areas, and local schools).

HCA recently supported the 2017 Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs on March 18, 2017, and also the 2017 Wild Women Festival in the Blanco State Park.

Hill Country Astronomers maintains an active Yahoo Group. This is a closed group, so you will need to join it first...


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