As the song goes, "the stars at night are big and bright" deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg offers night sky enthusiasts one of the best places to stargaze in Texas.
From low levels of light pollution to wide open spaces, the stars really do look bigger and brighter in Fredericksburg. The area's dark skies will be on full display during the next total eclipse as the 2024 eclipse path runs just outside of Fredericksburg.
Just outside of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has for centuries been a place to watch the heavens. It is an International Dark Sky Park that regularly holds stargazing events and welcomes astronomy photographers from around the world.
East of Fredericksburg, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park became the area's second International Dark Sky Park in 2021. The park offers astronomy-based interpretive programming regularly.
Fredericksburg will be home to an Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The partial coverage will begin at 10:23 a.m. and continue until 1:31 p.m. with full coverage from 11:51 a.m. to 11:54 a.m.
Countdown to 2023 Annularity in Fredericksburg
2024 eclipse - total solar eclipse
Fredericksburg will welcome visitors from around the world for the next total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024 as the path of totality runs directly over the Texas Hill Country. To learn more about the 2024 eclipse, click here or go to EclipseInFBGTX.com.
city of Fredericksburg initiatives
In 2020, Fredericksburg became a Dark Sky Community and is committed to light pollution control.