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Three Spots for Stargazing Within One Hour of Houston

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX—Do you think you cannot enjoy stargazing in Houston due to the light pollution? Well, the fact that you can find some nice spots to go stargazing just within an hour's drive of Houston might surprise you. You just need to plan before you join an event or star party so you won’t waste your time on the road. Here are some of the best spots around Houston to watch the night sky:

1. Brazos Bend State Park

You can reach this park by driving south of Houston for less than an hour. Located along the Brazos River in a more remote area of the state. Since it is not that far from the city you will see some yellowish lights in the northern sky. However, it's still one of the best sites to see the night skies within a short distance to the countryside.

Location: 21901 FM 762, Needville, TX

2. The George Observatory

Operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this observatory is located within Brazos Bend State Park. It is open every Saturday for stargazing. It is also open during weekdays but only for groups with reservations.

Location: 21901 FM 762 Rd, Damon, TX

3. Sam Houston National Forest

About one hours’ drive north on Interstate 45, you will find this huge forested region. The trees there serve to reduce the amount of light pollution in the city. Sam Houston National Forest has three camping areas (Cagle, Double Lake, and Stubblefield Recreation Areas) for those who want to stay overnight.

Location: 394 FM 1375, New Waverly, TX

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