The McDonald Observatory: Assignment Texas with Russell A. Graves

By Contributing writer Russell Graves
It’s remarkably dark on top of Mount Locke, as well it should be. At 6,800 feet above sea level, the air is clear and thin. When I was there in June, the temperatures were brisk. So much so, many of the people sitting in the dark in the broad, outdoor amphitheater wore sweaters or hoodies to insulate themselves against the cool mountain air.
“Believe it or not, you are on the University of Texas Campus,” boasts the tour leader as he introduces the McDonald Observatory complex before he begins a half hour talk on the planets, constellations, and the universe at large. To read more pick up the May 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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