Star Party at Austin College’s Adams Observatory

Star Party at Adams Observatory

Austin College’s Adams Observatory will open to the public on Friday, September 16, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for a late summer Star Party. The event will be held rain or shine, though the use of telescopes may not be possible in the case of inclement weather. Skygazers should expect to see double stars and globular clusters through the telescopes. The event is free, open to all, and fully accessible to those with mobility conditions. Register to

The event takes place in the College’s IDEA Center, 1108 E. Richards Street, with parking nearby. Visitors should meet in the IDEA Center’s first-floor Oscar C. Page Atrium, just inside the building’s main entrance, to begin their star tour. Austin College physics faculty Dr. David Baker and Dr. David Whelan, along with Austin College student volunteers, will facilitate tours for guests, while Sherman Public Library children’s librarian, Cassie Wickline, will hold a children’s space-themed story time.

Adams Observatory houses the largest research telescope in North Texas and smaller telescopes will complement the views available from the rooftop. “This is a unique opportunity to see amazing things in the night sky that you normally can’t see with the naked eye,” Baker said. “Something stirs inside of you when you look through a telescope of this size.”

Star Party at Adams Observatory

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, global awareness, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and an expert faculty of more than 100 educators allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Austin College cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. The College, founded in 1849, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

New Terminal Opens at North Texas Regional Airport

Rise Aviation began operating out of its new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) terminal at North Texas Regional Airport (NTRA) on August 1, 2022.  FBO refers to an airport business which handles private aviation, aircraft passengers and services. 

The new multimillion-dollar facility, which is the first of three planned construction phases, welcomes the flying public to a comfortable and spacious passenger lobby with multiple seating areas, refreshment bar, 12-seat conference room, business center, pilot lounge, quiet room, flight-planning area, on-site car rental and 1,750 sq. ft. of tenant suites.  The FBO also provides office space for the NTRA airport administration. 

Rise Aviation, formerly Lake Texoma Jet Center, also has 67,000 sq ft of hanger space that can accommodate ultra-long-range business jets, along with 25 acres of ramp for aircraft parking.  Rise also operates four additional facilities at the airport containing 32,400 sq ft of office and shop space. 

The new terminal will be an attractive welcome to Grayson County for many business owners and investors considering expansion, relocation, or new business ventures in Grayson County.  North Texas regional Airport (formerly Perrin AFB) is located between the cities of Sherman and Denison, with easy access to Lake Texoma.