MEDIA ADVISORY: McDonald Observatory to Host Dark Skies Festival April 29-30, 2022

29 October 2021

McDonald Observatory will host its first Dark Skies Festival, sponsored by Apache Corporation

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022

McDonald Observatory Frank N. Bash Visitors Center near Fort Davis, Texas

Save the dates of April 29-30 for McDonald Observatory’s inaugural Dark Skies Festival! This family-friendly celebration of the night sky will feature daytime and evening activities, tours of facilities, telescope viewing, educational activities, guest speakers, food, and live music. A new exhibit on protecting dark skies, funded by Apache Corporation, will debut at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center.

Admission to daytime programs and events will be free. Reservations will be required for evening programs. A detailed schedule of events will be published at

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Rebecca Johnson, Communications Mgr.
McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas at Austin

Amphitheater with Milky Way

Amphitheater with Milky Way (vertical)