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October is Hill Country Night Sky Month!

The celebration is back for another month of proclamations, lighting renovations, contests, star parties, moon howls, and more. Join partners and communities from across the Hill Country as we pay tribute and our respects to one of our region’s most beloved features, the star-filled night sky. Tune in here for all the news, events, and updates on Night Sky Month 2021!

Hill Country Night Sky Month 2021

Hill Country Night Sky Month 2020

Bandera

With support from the Bandera County Friends of the Night Sky, Bandera County Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed. (September 28, 2020)

The Bandera County Commissioners Court, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Bexar

The Alamo Area Council of Governments, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Blanco

With support from the Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky, the City of Blanco, TX City of Blanco Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Martin Sauceda, Mayor Pro-Tem. (September 9, 2020)

The Blanco County Commissioners Court, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

The City of Johnson City, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Comal

With support from the Comal County Friends of the Night Sky, the Comal County Commissioners Court, Comal County Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed.  (October 1, 2020)

With support from the Comal County Friends of the Night Sky, the City of Garden Ridge, City of Garden Ridge Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed. (October 6, 2020)

The City of Bulverde, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

The City of Spring Branch, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Gillespie

The City of Fredericksburg, TX, City of Fredericksburg, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Mayor Gary Neffendorf. (September 21, 2020)

The City of Gillespie, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Hays

The City of Dripping Springs, TX, City of Dripping Springs Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Mayor Bill Foulds, Jr. (September 8, 2020)

With support from the Wimberley Parks and Recreation Department and the Wimberley Valley Dark Sky Committee, the City of Wimberley Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by the Wimberley City Council (September 17, 2020).

With support from Friends of the Hays County Night Sky, The city of Dripping Springs, and the Wimberley Valley Dark Sky Committee, the Hays County Commissioners Court signed the Hill Country Night Sky Month Proclamation (September 27, 2020).

With support from the Hays Country Friends of the Night Sky, the City of Buda Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Mayor George Haehn. (October 7, 2020)

The City of Kyle, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 6, 2020)

The City of San Marcos,  Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

The City of Wimberley, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Kendall

With support from the Kendall County Friends of the Night Sky, the Bexar Audubon Society Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Patsy Inglet, President. (August 13, 2020)

With support from the Kendall County Friends of the Night Sky, the Boerne Independent School District BISD Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by BISD Board President, Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper. (August 18, 2020)

The City of Boerne, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

The Kendall County Commissioners Court, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Kerr

The Kerr County Commissioners Court, Kerr County Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by the Honorable Rob Kelly, Kerr County Judge.(September 28, 2020)

With support from the Kerr County Friends of the Night Sky, the city of Ingram, TX, City of Ingram Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed. (October 6, 2020)

With support from the Kerr Country Friends of the Night Sky, UBarU Camp and Retreat Center Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed. (October 6, 2020)

The City of Kerrville, City of Kerrville Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn. (October 14, 2020)

The Kerr County Commissioners Court, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Llano

The City of Horseshoe Bay, TX, City of Horseshoe Bay, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith. (September 22, 2020)

Medina

The City of Castroville, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Real

The Real County Commissioners Court, Real  County Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed by Judge Bella A. Rubio (September 29, 2020)

Travis

With support from the Travis County Friends of the Night Sky, The City of Austin Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed. (October 1, 2020)

The Travis County Commissioners Court, Night Sky Month Proclamation was signed (October 2020)

Recent Night Sky News:

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Did you know?

Approximately 30% of the energy cost powering unshielded bulbs is uselessly illuminating the night sky. This wasted energy costs $2.2 billion annually in the United States and contributes to light pollution and the steady loss of a treasured Hill Country resource – our brilliant starry skies.

Here in the Hill Country, we believe the best way to preserve our night skies is through community involvement. Click the button below to find a Friends of the Night Sky group in your region, become a Night Sky Steward, and learn more about our Night Sky Friendly Business and Neighborhood Recognition Programs.

Hill Country Night Sky Month is a Hill Country Alliance event.

The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.