Please note: The observatory will not keep normal operating hours during the summer. If you have a special request for a group visitation, please contact the Department of Physics with the details and we will see if arrangements can be made.
The Texas State Observatory is located on the fourth floor of the Supple Science building and is generally open Wednesday nights from 7-9pm for free star gazing, provided the weather cooperates and the sky is visible. It is a non-profit organization solely run by Texas State students. The observatory houses a 16-inch telescope making our galaxies visible from both near and far.
When visiting the Texas State Observatory on Texas State's campus, visitors will take the elevators in Supple Science building to the fourth floor, and follow the signs for guidance.
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Finding a place to park on campus can be difficult to say the least. Please note, there is no free visitor parking for the observatory. If you park in a restricted lot without a parking permit you will probably get a ticket. We suggest visitors park in the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage. This is a pay-to-park garage but you will probably only be there for an hour or two which will not be very expensive. For more information regarding the parking garage please use this link http://www.parking.txstate.edu/visitors#pay-park.
After parking in the garage, walk through the LBJ Student Center and take a right to head up the steps. You will cross over Comanche Street via a raised walkway and the Supple Science Building will be directly on your right after the bridge.