“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
The mission of the South Texas Astronomical Society is to enlighten, connect, and engage the local community through astronomy and space science outreach in the Brownsville and greater Rio Grande Valley area. We believe that through education and awareness for the wonders of outer space, a strong sense of community can emerge.
Astronomy is known to be the oldest of the natural sciences. Since ancient times, the objective to comprehend the Universe in which we live has unified us as a species. Through the elevation of awareness and support for these types of collaborative and scientific efforts, we can learn to better ourselves and our local communities. As astronomer Carl Sagan said in his famous Pale Blue Dot speech, “astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. . . it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Education & Outreach
As we launch into a new decade, we are witnessing many advancements in technology and discoveries in space science. Fortunately for us, Brownsville and the greater Rio Grande Valley is not excluded from this wave of growth. From a university full of students and instructors with expertise in astronomy and astrophysics to a beach serving as a construction site for interplanetary spaceships, there is no question that the future is right here in our backyards.
From amateur stargazers to research scientists, STARS is a public forum for curious minds to come together to champion astronomy and space science. With the help of our local partners, the South Texas Astronomical Society organizes and hosts educational events in these fields with the goal to harvest greater public awareness for forward-thinking initiatives in Brownsville and the South Texas Rio Grande Valley across a variety of diverse venues.
"If there's one reason to smile, it's when you look up out at night. You're fortunate enough to drink in a vista; a hundred billion flares display a glowing history splayed out across a canvas, the night sky."
– Roughton “Rou” Reynolds
Space science began making its way into the culture of Brownsville since 1989, when Carol Lutsinger (BISD Science Coordinator) became a NASA Solar System Ambassador and Educator and decided she wanted to educate the community of Brownsville about the constellations and space exploration missions. Carol wanted to share the sense of amazement and wonder she felt her first time looking through a telescope at Saturn.
In 2019, the South Texas Astronomical Society relaunched with the goal to continue sparking community interest in astronomy and space science with a focus on initiatives within our own community that are advancing those fields.
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Our mission is to enlighten, connect, and engage the local community through astronomy and space science outreach in the Brownsville and greater Rio Grande Valley area. We believe that through education and awareness for the wonders of outer space, a strong sense of community can emerge.
The overall goal of the South Texas Astronomical Society is to foster an environment for a stronger, more open-minded community through a better understanding of the stars and our place in the cosmos.
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Board & Partners
Through the efforts and dedication of our board members and local community partners, the STARS organizes and hosts educational events in these fields with the goal to harvest greater public awareness for forward-thinking initiatives in Brownsville and the South Texas Rio Grande Valley across a variety of venues including state and national parks, public libraries, and academic institutions.
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