After eighteen months of renovations, the George Observatory is back and better than ever! Experience the wonders of the galaxy once again by voyaging into the Milky Way and beyond! The ten-ton Gueymard Research Telescope—one of the largest in the nation—is the centerpiece of the George Observatory, which is owned and operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the middle of Brazos Bend State Park. The night sky over Brazos Bend’s 5,000 acres offers an unobstructed view of the stars unlike any other in the Houston area. You don’t just look at pictures from the telescope on a screen. You actually put your eye to the eyepiece to look through the telescope.
In addition to the huge Gueymard telescope, the observatory includes two smaller scopes, and each of the three are usually trained on a prominent planet or star cluster in that evening’s sky. View the moon and deep sky objects such as planetary nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and even see the cloud bands on the planet Jupiter. Depending on the weather and time of year, you can also observe sunspots, moon craters, planets, meteor showers, nebulas, and even asteroids and comets through the powerful telescopes at the George.