Videoconferences are fully interactive connections offered through Connect2Texas, search by event title or provider. Thanks to support from the Meyer-Levy Charitable Foundation, these programs are available at no cost to participants. For more information on how to participate, review our registration and videoconference requirements. To sign up and receive links to instructional materials and student sheets, follow this link and use the Program Filter to find McDonald Observatory programs.
McDonald Observatory End of Year Bash!
May 21-22, 2020
Celebrate the upcoming summer with us by joining these great learning from home opportunities!
Observe the Sun from Home, Grades PreK-2
10:00am – 10:45am
Take a virtual helicopter tour of McDonald Observatory, make a live telescope observation of the Sun with telescopes equipped with special video cameras and solar filters (weather permitting), complete a Student Sun Drawing Sheet, and learn about the solar features by watching unique science demonstrations.
Observe Stars and Galaxies from Home, Grades 3-12
1:00pm – 1:50pm
Take a virtual tour of the Hobby Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, make a live observation of the Sun using telescopes equipped with special video cameras and solar filters (weather permitting), learn about spiral galaxies, and create a model of our Milky Way galaxy. Students may choose to make their own galaxy model at home during the videoconference, or watch now and build one later.
Astronomy Day: Observe the Sun live with telescopes and learn about solar features
November 6, 2020
9:00 am; 10:00 am; 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
From classrooms across Texas and the US, K-12 students and their teachers will make live, safe observations of our star the Sun using telescopes and video camera's equipped with special solar filters located at McDonald Observatory, make their own drawings of the Sun, and watch demonstrations that explain the solar features they observe.
Can’t join us live? No problem. You will be sent a link to access the recorded program within 1-3 business days after the live program. The recording can be viewed anytime at your convenience with the registered class.Recorded