Lightscape / Night Sky
Star Parties will be held the first and last Saturday of each month, December through April, at 8:00 p.m. Join the Corpus Christi Astronomical Society at the Malaquite Visitor Center Auditorium or parking lot for a presentation and to explore the night sky.
Light pollution from Corpus Christi can interfere somewhat with night sky observations in the northern end of the park, but only with constellations or objects in the lower regions of the northern and north-northwestern portions of the sky.
On South Beach, starting five miles south of the Malaquite Visitor Center, there is minimal light interference and this decreases as one travels further into increasingly primitive surroundings. The shades in the image above represent the artificial sky brightness against the natural sky brightness on the north and south ends of Padre Island. This artificial light source is caused by the cities of Corpus Christi and Brownsville.
Did You Know?
The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...