Virtual Visits

Take your K-12 classroom on a virtual field trip to the McDonald Observatory! We invite students and teachers to join McDonald Observatory remotely from home or school for these exciting educational experiences.

PARTICIPATE IN AN UPCOMING PROGRAM

Find our programs and register at Connect2Texas. (Use the filter to find McDonald Observatory, University of Texas). Registration closes 2 days prior to any program.

 


 

ExciteSpace!

 

ExciteSpace! Observe the Sun

 

McDonald Observatory is a great place to observe the stars, and during the school day, the star that we are able to observe is ‘our’ star, the Sun.   In this program, students will observe our Sun in real time (weather permitting) using a K-12 dedicated telescope.  They will have the opportunity to make drawings of the sun and make STEM connections in astronomy.

Download Drawing Sheet and TEKS

Register at Connect2Texas. (Use the filter to find McDonald Observatory, University of Texas). Registration closes 2 days prior to any program.

Grades PreK-4:
October 19, 2021 9:30 am CDT
October 29, 2021 1:00 pm CDT

Grades 3-12:
October 19, 2021 11:00 am CDT
October 29, 2021 11:00 am CDT


 

ExciteSpace! Meet Mr. McDonald

 

Come visit McDonald Observatory without leaving your home or classroom! Learn about Mr. McDonald, who loved nature and science. Explore what happens here and how astronomers use telescopes to study all kinds of things in the universe. Students will be guided on a virtual tour of the 2.1-meter Otto Struve Telescope, and we will discuss together the things that make McDonald Observatory a great place to do astronomy.

Download TEKS

Register at Connect2Texas. (Use the filter to find McDonald Observatory, University of Texas). Registration closes 2 days prior to any program.

Grades PreK-5:
October 20, 2021 9:30 am and 1:00 pm CDT
October 26, 2021 11:00 am CDT

Grades 5-12:
October 20, 2021 9:30 am CDT
October 26, 2021 1:00 pm CDT

 


 
ExciteSpace! Super Big Telescope Tour

 

Explore the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, a 10-meter telescope that uses 91 mirrors to observe the universe! Follow the light path from the sky into our instruments, made possible by creative engineering. Students will take a virtual tour of the HET, including images and videos, guided by a live educator.

Download TEKS

Register at Connect2Texas. (Use the filter to find McDonald Observatory, University of Texas). Registration closes 2 days prior to any program.

Grades 4-6:
September 24, 2021 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm CDT

October 8, 2021 11:00 am CDT
October 22, 2021 1:00 pm CDT

Grades 7-10:
September 24, 2021 10:00 am CDT

October 8, 2021 10:00 am CDT
October 22, 2021 2:00 pm CDT

INQUIRE ABOUT VIRTUAL VISITS

If you have any questions or wish to schedule a Custom Videoconference program, please send an inquiry to teachers@mcdonaldobservatory.org