On November 1, 2015, the International Dark-Sky Association recognized the City of Horseshoe Bay, Texas as an International Dark Sky Community.
The designation is in recognition of its exemplary efforts to preserve the city’s naturally dark nighttime conditions. Horseshoe Bay along with other Texas Hill Country Communities have been noted as leaders in dark-skies awareness. The city’s designation renewed this year.
As a celebration or our dark skies, the Development Services Department hosted a Stargazing and Night Photography Workshop in June. Those who attended were anxious to try out their new knowledge “in the field”.
On October 19, 2023, we will have an opportunity to do so with our first “Stellar Skies over Horseshoe Bay” event in the Nature Park at 1514 Golden Nugget. On site that evening will be astronomers with telescopes to help us navigate a beautiful night sky viewing.
On display will be a 20% waxing crescent moon as well as the planets Jupiter and Saturn. The Orionids meteor shower will also be near peak and visible to the naked eye with rates of 20 meteors per hour.
We encourage all who can attend to join us by 7 p.m. Please arrive in your golf carts or carpool as parking is limited. Bring any star gazing equipment you have such as a small flashlight, telescope, or camera for night photography. Water and snacks will be available. RSVP to be placed on the communications list in case of inclement weather.
Stellar Skies over Horseshoe Bay October 19, 2023 at 7 p.m. Horseshoe Bay Nature Park 1514 Golden Nugget RSVP: SWhite@horseshoe-bay-tx.gov