Ken Kattner, of Putnam Observatory and key leader on HCA Night Skies Team, recently donated valuable high-tech scientific equipment to monitor sky quality at South Llano River State Park near Junction. Dedicated to preserving large swaths of Hill Country night skies, Ken traveled from Houston volunteering his Saturday to make the remote installation.
Over time, the sky quality monitor will establish baseline information needed to officially certify the State Park by the International Dark-sky Association (IDA). Once recognized by IDA, the designation joins a string of dark HCA pearls being created with Enchanted Rock State Park, Dripping Springs, Horseshoe Bay, and U-Bar-U Camp Retreat Center. The internationally recognized locations are inherently important in establishing a defensible perimeter buffer around the future Hill Country Night Sky Reserve.
Ken Kattner and the HCA Night Sky Team are to be supported with a big gracious “Thank You”… for their efforts benefitting the Hill Country and all Texans.