Give a George for the George and your donation is doubled
Write a new science chapter for Fort Bend County and make twice the impact, thanks to an extremely generous $50,000 matching grant opportunity by The George Foundation. By investing in a revamped experience at the historic George Observatory, your donation is doubled and will impact the observatory for decades to come.
The George Observatory reopened to the public on Friday, March 19 after nearly two years undergoing an extreme makeover. First opened in the fall of 1989, the observatory was closed for long-awaited renovations since 2019. The observatory is uniquely placed within a 30 minute drive of a major metropolitan area, giving access to the wonder of space to seven million Houstonians who have lost visual contact with the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Here, astronomy becomes real.
The George — as it is affectionately called by local stargazers — boasts three telescopes used for research and education. The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, which is one of the largest telescopes in the country open to the public, is the crown jewel. Two smaller domes flank the Research Dome. The Fort Bend Astronomy Club funded and now operates East Dome. The West Dome was funded by educators and is dedicated to educational projects including a solar telescope.
Among the changes, there has been a major redesign of all interior exhibits, including new displays in the main exhibit hall, classroom, and Expedition Center. There are also new video feeds for stargazing as well as the solar camera. Exterior repairs include new roofing and repainting of the three telescope domes, and the replacement of railings on the observation deck. All new education and outreach programs will be introduced in the summer and fall.
“We are so excited to welcome visitors back to the newly-remodeled George Observatory. While most are in remote areas, the George Observatory is uniquely placed within Brazos Bend State Park. It’s easy to join us to experience the wonders of space,” said Kavita Self, senior director of HMNS Sugar Land and the George Observatory.
Double your donation and join an exciting new chapter in the HMNS story, after over 110 years of igniting imaginations in the Bayou City area.