McDonald Observatory

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory features a full classroom, a 94-seat theater, a telescope park, and the Decoding Starlight Exhibit Hall. Students and scouts will engage in hands-on activities as they explore the McDonald observatory to see the 2.7-meter Harlan Smith Telescope, and exhibit hall. They will also explore earth’s favorite star, the sun, and make safe observations about it and the earth’s rotations. Groups of 30 or fewer will have the opportunity to take part in fun activities in the multimedia classroom, like play constellation games and make scale models. 

Contact Info
Address: 3640 Dark Sky Drive, Fort Davis, TX 79734. Jeff Davis County. Tel: 432-426-3640. Email: jwheel@astro.as.utexas.edu. Website: www.mcdonaldsobservatory.org. Hrs: Daily, by appointment.

Trip Info
Grade Level: K-12. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.
  
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science.
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Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

360 Degrees Observatories Lesson Plan

Most major cities have an observation deck. Built on top of skyscrapers, they provide visitors with 360˚ views of the world below and give them an opportunity to view a city from a different perspective. Students observe the physical and human geography of a city from the vantage point of an observation deck.... Continue