stargazing

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.

The Fredericksburg-area now features two International Dark Sky Parks - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Fredericksburg will be in the path of totality for both the October 8, 2023 Annual Solar Eclipse and April 8, 2024's Great North American Eclipse

Path of Totality for Texas' Two Eclipses

enchanted rock

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.

Enchanted Rock at night

LBJ ranch

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.

Stargazing at LBJ Ranch (Credit NPS/Douglas Smith)

2023 eclipse - annular solar eclipse

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. 

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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.

Simpleview Eclipse on Background

city of Fredericksburg initiatives

In 2020, Fredericksburg became a Dark Sky Community and is committed to light pollution control. 

Stargazing Night at VK Marktplatz

Resources to Plan a Future Visit

love Fredericksburg dark skies

As part of the Love FBGTX campaign, please join us in enjoying and protecting the beauty of the Texas Hill Country's night skies. Here are ways to Love Fredericksburg Dark Skies.

  1. When you are done enjoying the outdoor spaces of Fredericksburg's many great places to stay, please turn off outdoor lighting. 
     
  2. Attend a stargazing event at one of Fredericksburg's two International Dark Sky Parks - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
     
  3. Make time in your itinerary to take in the splendid show overhead when you are in town.

Learn more ways to Love Fredericksburg at LoveFBGTX.com.

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