Become an astronomer
The South Texas Astronomical Society (STARS) is a community-based nonprofit providing space science education and outreach
We partner with local institutions to share the wonders of the universe with communities in the Rio Grande Valley
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Join the conversation as South Texas becomes a gateway for the next generation of explorers

Explore STARS


We collaborate with our partners to host stargazing events and make local observatories accessible to all. Join in as astrophysicists from UTRGV’s Cristina Torres Memorial Observatory take us on a journey through the cosmos.

Receding Horizons Podcast

Receding Horizons is a podcast for exploring topics related to astronomy and space exploration and sharing them with the community. Join our hosts as we attempt to answer some of the biggest questions from the oldest of sciences.

Dark Sky Movement

We are partnering with local institutions and community members to advocate for the thoughtful use of nighttime lighting in order to protect wildlife, the environment, and the future of astronomical observation in the Rio Grande Valley.

Events Calendar

We collaborate with local businesses, educational institutions, and organizations involved in the exploration of space to create and deliver meaningful experiences to our community.

Become a Member

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to join STARS just read the instructions below and participate in any way you can!

1. Sign up to our email list to stay updated with the latest event announcements and local space developments.

2. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for online content and to help share our posts with the community.

3. Fill out the STARS Membership Form and let us know if you’d like to volunteer at an event or help with one of our community projects.

4. Make a donation or buy some merchandise to support our efforts in providing local STEM programs! 

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shorts of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”

– Carl Sagan