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Roadtreking: McDonald Observatory

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

In the Fall of 2000 on our coast-to-coast tandem bicycle trip we passed the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of west Texas without stopping.

In 2015 on our Roadtrek tour of the Southwest we stopped at this off the beaten path wonder and spent an enchanted four hours there learning about our Universe starting with our Sun.

McDonald Observatory is on Texas route 118 about 39 miles south of I-10 and 39 miles north of Alpine, Tex.

Fortunately, 15 years made a lot of improvements — a new Visitor Center, Museum, and Star Party nighttime events where visitors can view celestial objects through large telescopes. Electric lights from cities are the anathema of observatories, and this location was selected because of its unusually dark sky and clear weather.

The Visitor Center Museum exhibits include real-time inspection of the Sun with its spots and solar flares, together with a scientific revelation of the physical aspects of our solar system’s brightest star.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

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