Did you know that UT offers free, weekly Stargazing Parties? Each week that the University of Texas is in session, the astronomy department hosts free, public star parties on the roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall on Wednesdays, and at Painter Hall and on Fridays and Saturdays. You can take the whole family to look at the stars!


Wednesday Schedule:

  • September 3 – October 29, 2014 — 8 – 10 p.m.
  • November 5 – December 3, 2014 — 7 – 9 p.m.
  • No viewing November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday

Wednesday Location:
On the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall, which is located at the southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway. Take the elevators to the 17th floor and then follow the signs to the stairs up to the telescope. Click here for map.


Friday and Saturday Schedule:

  • September 5 – November 1, 2014 —  8 – 10 p.m.
  • November 7 – December 6, 2014 — 7 – 9 p.m.
  • No viewing November 28 and 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday)
Please note: There will be no public viewing at the Painter Hall Telescope on nights when there is a UT home football game. Not all games have a start time set as of the start of the season, so please check the schedule before planning your visit.
Friday and Saturday Location:
Painter Hall is located at the corner of 24th street and Inner Campus Drive, just to the north of the UT Tower. To get to the telescope, take the elevator to the 5th floor and exit to the left. Follow the 5th floor hallway to the end and take the stair case through the double doors on the left. Once you reach the 6th floor, go to your right and follow the signs up to the telescope. Click here for map.
For all stargazing parties, all ages are welcome, but younger children should be under adult supervision at all times. Viewing times change throughout the year, so please check this page before planning your visit and call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. (This line is updated approximately 30-45 minutes before the scheduled start time.)
Have fun!