Come out to Three Rivers’ Comanche Springs Astronomy campus and learn about Astronomy! Look thru one of our many telescopes, see our star field, observatory and classrooms.
At Three Rivers, some of our telescopes are equipped with state-of-the-art cameras, and our volunteers make fantastic pictures like this one. This is M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest large neighbor in space. It's bigger than our own Milky Way, having about 400 billion stars!
Our telescopes are the largest in Texas dedicated to educational outreach. They bring stars, planets and galaxies so close you'd think you could touch them!
Yes, Saturn really does look like this through our telescopes! Volunteer Russell Horn made this photo with a camera a lot like a webcam. You can even photograph bright planets and the Moon simply by holding your cell phone camera to an eyepiece.
Just beyond these gates lies the best science campus on the Texas plains. Visit Three Rivers' Comanche Springs campus and see Astronomy in a new light. Experience the Prairie Wild™. Let your imagination roam!
Astronomers use digitally-colored photos like this one (made by a 3RF volunteer) to learn what elements are in nebulae, vast clouds of dust and gas many trillions of miles across. You can't see these colors in a telescope, but you can see the nebulae and their fascinating shapes!
Our Moon is spectacular through any telescope, but doubly so through those at Comanche Springs. We'll let you drive across the lunar surface...it's almost like being there (well, except for the deadly radiation and the vacuum!).