Star Parties | Astronomy

Star Parties

Rafes Urban Astronomy Center is closed for Winter Break. We will not be having Public Star Parties in the month of January as we will be working on some renovations to our observatory. We tentatively plan to re-open in February but will keep you updated here and on our social media.

Please feel free to continue to request Private Star Parties.

When indoors, such as our classroom, dome, and telescope huts, we request that our guests wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Come join us at the Rafes Urban Astronomy Center on the first and third Saturday of every month for our Star Party. At Star Parties, you can learn about the night sky from our knowledgeable staff and students and enjoy an opportunity to see objects in space through our telescopes!


Admission to our bi-monthly star parties is $5 per person. Children 4 and younger get in free.

We also offer a Saturday Sky Theater / Star Party (Observatory) Combo Deal:

- Students/UNT Employees/Seniors/Kids: $9

- Adults: $12

* Credit/Debit Cards NOT accepted


Star Parties are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every Month, and begin 30 minutes after sundown (weather permitting).

Time for sunset can be found here.

"Like" us on Facebook or "Follow" us on Twitter for the latest Star Party updates.


Note: Due to construction, this is the ONLY route to the Rafes Urban Astronomy Center. This change may not be reflected in all GPS devices.

The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center is located at 2350 Tom Cole Road, in Denton, TX.

From I35W exit FM 2449 and turn northwest and continue 2.9 miles. Turn right on to C.Wolfe Rd and travel 1.6 miles. Turn right on to Tom Cole Rd and continue 1.2 miles. The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center will be on the left.

Please be aware...

There is a field for vehicles to park in at the RUAC. You may want to choose closed-toed footwear as you will be walking in grass to get to the Observatory.

Winter months tend to get very chilly, so you may want to bring your own hot beverages!

During the summer months you might consider bringing your own bug repellant and cool beverages.

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