Weather permitting, Sky Guide volunteer Earl Foster lead participants in a naked-eye exploration of the night sky beginning at sunset, around 7:30 p.m. at Big Pond Campground. The schedule of monthly events from spring through fall focuses on various topics and objects in the night sky:
April 18: Spring and Summer Constellations
May 16: Planets
June 13: Galaxies
July 18: Deep-Sky Objects
Aug. 15: Milky Way
Sept. 26: Super Moon
Oct. 17: Winter Constellations
Copper Breaks is one of only four sites in the state of Texas with a Gold rating from the International Dark Sky Association (the highest rating possible). What this means is that the stars at night are big and bright, and visitors have spectacular viewing opportunities.
Nighttime observation begins after sunset with a tour of the darkening sky. Blending science with history, legends, and lore, Foster takes the group on a tour through major constellations, spotlighting bright stars, and introducing the "star-hopping" technique to find other interesting objects.
Afterward, participants can view these objects through the park's binoculars and telescopes with the help of knowledgeable Sky Guide volunteers.