A front row seat to the stars!
The George Observatory, located about one hour’s drive south of Houston within scenic Brazos Bend State Park, is a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Three Domed Telescopes create a stunning view of the night sky!
Our Observatory telescopes — 36, 18 and 14 inches in size — allow both amateur and professional astronomers to conduct research while visitors gain first-hand knowledge of the beautiful and awe-inspiring sights of the night sky.
**Please note that due to necessary repairs and maintenance of our 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, a new 11-inch, F 15-refracting telescope — donated by Preston and Donna Engebretson of Houston — has been mounted in that dome for continued viewing. The 36” mirror restoration project is expected to be completed this fall. Keep checking back for details on when you can come look through the 36” mirror. It will be love at first sight!
Each of our domes is open to visitors, and although viewing through the Gueymard Research Telescope is currently unavailable, the 11-inch planetary telescope is well-suited for viewing close objects like the moon and planets, several of which will be viewable in the summer months!
Depending on the time of the month and the season of the year, visitors are able to observe a variety of phenomena such as Saturn’s rings, cloud belts on Jupiter, a partial or total eclipse of the Moon, a bright meteor or fireball that lights up the ground, the Milky Way, or a close pairing of two planets.