Spring Break 2014 Hours and Programs

Spring Break for most Texas schools in 2014 is March 8-15. To accommodate the high number of visitors we see during this peak period, the Frank Bash Visitors Center will be offering additional Guided Tours, Solar Viewings, Twilight Programs, and Star Parties for this week only. Please note that the Guided Tours, Solar Viewings, Twilight Programs, and Star Parties are separate programs. The content of one is not included in the others. Signing up for one program does NOT entitle you to participate in another. Sign up for each program you plan to attend. While the Guided Tours and Solar Viewings have a combined pass much of year, to accommodate the much larger Spring Break crowds, these programs are separated during the week of Spring Break. To do both programs, sign up for each individually. Both Solar Viewings and Guided Tours begin at the Visitors Center during Spring Break. If your plans call for joining a Tour prior to a Solar Viewing, please allow 10-15 minutes to travel from the Tour ending location back to the Visitors Center.

Prices listed below for Twilight Programs and Star Parties are for online reservations only - prices for Twilight Programs and Star Parties are higher for passes purchased in person at the Visitors Center.  The prices listed for Spring Break Solar Viewings and Guided Tours are the same whether purchased online or in person at the Visitors Center.

We're open every day from 10 AM - 5:30 PM and on Star Party nights, 10 AM through the end of Star Party (March 8-15 only).

For those planning to join a Star Party program, please note that the Moon is at 1st Quarter on the 8th and Full on the 16th. This means we'll have modestly bright to very bright nighttime skies this Spring Break. Of course, this also means we'll have plenty of views of the Moon.

All of the above information is valid only for the week of March 8-15, 2014. Please stop at The Frank Bash Visitors Center for more information.

Self Guided Tours of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope are available every day from 10 AM - 5 PM

Program Schedule Adult Senior/Military Child (6-12)

Daytime Programs
LIVE Solar Viewings and Guided Tours
  Solar Viewings ~ 45-50 mins
  Guided Tours ~ 75-80 mins 


Purchase Passes Online

GUIDED TOURS
March 8-15:
10:30, 11:15* AM
12:00, 12:45*, 1:30, 2:15*, 3:00, and 3:45 PM

March 10,11,12,14, & 15:
All tours listed above, plus
additional tour at 4:30 PM

*These tours may not be held March 9 & 15 - see
reservation system for program availability.

Please allow 10-15 minutes of travel time
between Guided Tours and Solar Viewings.

$6

$5

$5


SOLAR VIEWINGS
March 8-15:
11:00 AM
12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 PM

March 10,11,12,14, & 15:
All viewings listed above, plus
additional program at 5:00 PM

Please allow 10-15 minutes of travel time
between Guided Tours and Solar Viewings.
$4 $3 $3

Twilight Program
Educational Pre-Star Party Program
Modeling the Solar System ~ 70 mins 

Saturday, March 8:
4:45 and 6:05 PM (Central Standard Time)

Monday, March 10
Tuesday, March 11
Wednesday, March 12
Friday, March 14
Saturday, March 15:
6:00 and 7:20 PM (Central Daylight Time)

Depending upon weather, there may be an additional
Twilight Program session on the nights listed above.
If the dates you're interested in are full, please either
choose a different date or check back as we get closer
to the date in question.  Additional sessions may be
added if the weather forecast looks promising.

$5

$5

$5

Star Party
Evening Telescope Viewing ~ 2-2.5 hours

Saturday, March 8:
7:30 PM (Central Standard Time)

Monday, March 10
Tuesday, March 11
Wednesday, March 12
Friday, March 14
Saturday, March 15:
8:45 PM (Central Daylight Time)

$12 $10 $8