Igniting curiosity through space science & STEM

The South Texas Astronomical Society (STARS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to ignite lifelong curiosity through space science education, outreach programs, and by expanding access to STEM opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley.

About Us

STARS aims to inspire the next generation of aspiring scientists and engineers while fostering a strong community-based interest group through the excitement of space exploration. Our programs and initiatives are designed to guide students on an educational voyage and expand access to STEM resources and opportunities for our community. 

Our goal is to transform curiosity into lifelong passions, empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds to engage with space science and exploration.

Programs & Initiatives


We provide stargazing opportunities, tours of the night sky, and access to local science resources such as UTRGV's Cristina Torres Memorial Observatory.

Nasa community anchor

As a NASA Informal Education Community Anchor, STARS connects the RGV community to NASA through exclusive STEM content and engagement opportunities.

FarFarOut! Newsletter

Our scientific newsletter is a platform for increasing education and awareness of space science, while providing field experts the opportunity to share their unique perspectives.

connect with experts

Whether you’re a space enthusiast or aspiring STEM student, STARS serves as a platform for community members and experts in space exploration fields to connect and collaborate.

Connect with STARS

Support us

Please consider making a financial contribution to help our efforts grow and flourish.

Make a donation to STARS.

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“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

– Carl Sagan