Upcoming Events

May 17, 24, & 31

Join us for free stargazing sessions at Resaca de la Palma State Park, where we'll also get the opportunity visit the UTRGV Cristina Torres Memorial Observatory! Click the flyer to register for one of this month's sessions.

Our Programs & Initiatives

Astronomy at the park

Astronomy at the Park is an all-age community stargazing event hosted at UTRGV’s Cristina Torres Memorial Observatory, located at Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville. Astronomy at the Park events include tours of the observatory, lessons on night sky navigation, planetary observations with portable telescopes, presentations about the research conducted at the astronomical facility, and hands-on STEM activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Join in as local astrophysicists take us on a journey through the universe! 


ASTRO CAMP is a STEM workshop program for students, grades K-8  engaging hands-on activities while learning about a wide range of multi-disciplinary topics in astronomy and space exploration. All space science and STEM workshops are designed and led by our experienced team of educators certified through NASA-sponsored professional development programs such as the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors and LiftOff Summer Institute.

Get ready to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery!


Launchpad is a program where local high school students work together to design, build, and launch a high power model rocket. Students learn about the science and engineering aspects needed to design and build a functional rocket while being mentored by experts in various STEM fields, including physics, engineering, and mathematics. Launchpad is an excellent opportunity for students to explore different aspects of science and engineering while gaining practical experience in a collaborative setting!

As of summer 2023, the Launchpad team meets at the Brownsville Public Library – Main Branch every Sunday at 2pm.

community star parties

STARS hosts regular star parties at local parks and other outdoor venues to give community members the opportunity to experience the beauty of the night sky first-hand. Star parties include lessons in navigating the night sky and viewings of celestial objects with telescopes. 

If you’re interested in hosting a star party at a school, library, or other outdoor venue, send an email to and let us know!  

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