<b> McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis </b><br>
<i>Texas</i><br>
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<b>Distance</b>:  997 miles one-way<br>
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The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas —  especially at the McDonald Observatory in  Fort Davis. The observatory is home to the gigantic Hobby-Eberly Telescope.<br>
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This University of Texas observatory near Marfa ranks as one of the top astronomy facilities on the planet. It hosts nighttime star parties. Daily tours highlight the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. Its 433-inch mirror optical telescope, one of the world's largest, is used to explore black holes. Near Fort Davis. (877) 984-7827, <a href="http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors/faq.html">website</a>. $8 adults.
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McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis
Texas

Distance: 997 miles one-way

The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas — especially at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis. The observatory is home to the gigantic Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

This University of Texas observatory near Marfa ranks as one of the top astronomy facilities on the planet. It hosts nighttime star parties. Daily tours highlight the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. Its 433-inch mirror optical telescope, one of the world's largest, is used to explore black holes. Near Fort Davis. (877) 984-7827, website. $8 adults.

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