🎶 “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas!” 🎶  The lyrics of our beloved state folk song ring true, as proven by the Mitchell Institute and the Texas A&M Astronomy Group. On November 6, the Astronomy Group will be hosting their free, bi-weekly TAMU Star Party at Simpson Drill Field at 7-9 p.m. A Star Party will also be held on November 2 from 7-9 p.m. at First Friday in Downtown Bryan, in front of Edward Jones Investments.

The free event is a fun and educational way to learn about enchanting aerial figures. This unique opportunity allows non-astronomers and non-physicists to gaze into the sky with top-level, computerized telescopes. Thanks to funding provided by the Mitchell Institute, the Texas A&M Astronomy Group supplies portable telescopes at the event, and proper telescope use is one of the skills attendees learn.

For the last seven years, Dr. Jennifer Marshall has headed the TAMU Star Party. “The event gathers both students and the public to view interesting figures in the sky,” says Marshall, ‘like planets, moons, deep space objects, galaxies and globular clusters.”

It’s Dr. Marshall’s desire that the TAMU Star Party encourages future Aggies to study such subjects. “I hope the TAMU Star Party gets people who generally aren’t excited about science, excited about science,” she says. Who knows? You might even discover your own North Star.

Tickets are not required to attend this event.