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Overhead view of The Backyard at The Stella Hotel, site of quarterly star parties jointly sponsored by The Stella and Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy. (Credit: The Stella Hotel.)

COLLEGE STATION --

The Stella Hotel and the Texas A&M University Department of Physics and Astronomy are teaming up later this month to host a Fall Star Party, set for Thursday, Sept. 28, at 9 p.m.

Members of the local community and visitors are invited to gather on The Stella's expansive outdoor lawn, The Back Yard, for the upcoming stargazing and skywatching event -- the second in a new quarterly series at The Stella, led by Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Jennifer Marshall.

The experiential evening will feature a variety of telescope stations that will be pointed at different celestial bodies, including planets, constellations and the moon. Members of Marshall's team will be stationed at each telescope to help guide visitors through the viewing process.

Throughout the Star Parties, The Stella will offer an al fresco bar serving a variety of refreshing, festive beverages. Additionally, the hotel is offering a 10 percent discount at their on-site restaurant, Campfire, for those who plan to stop by the restaurant prior to the event.

The Star Parties at The Back Yard are free and open to the public. The quarterly series began in July and will feature one final seasonal installment to close out 2017 -- the Winter Star Party at The Stella, tentatively set for Thursday, December 14.

For more information, visit www.thestellahotel.com, www.astronomy.tamu.edu or call (979) 421-4000. Reservations for Campfire can be made through OpenTable or by calling (979) 421-4444.

To learn more about Texas A&M Astronomy or additional fall 2017 star parties scheduled on the Texas A&M campus, visit http://astronomy.tamu.edu.

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About The Stella: The Stella, managed by Trust Hospitality, brings comfort and sophistication to Bryan-College Station, Texas, welcoming guests with genuine Texan hospitality. The Stella anchors Lake Walk, the vibrant 180,000 square-foot town center of Atlas and Traditions Club, and is complemented by restaurants, retail stores, a 5-acre lake, waterfront park and pavilion, observation tower and over two miles of hiking and biking trails. The 176-key property is adjacent from Traditions Club and Community and Texas A&M University and is at the epicenter of the Texas A&M Biocorridor. The Stella's on-site restaurant, Campfire, offers seasonally-driven fare, and the craft cocktail bar, Hershel's, is reminiscent of a speakeasy. Specialty brews and snacks can be enjoyed at the property'' coffee shop, P.O.V., or at The Watershed, the property's pool with a full-service bar and private cabanas. The Stella's expansive outdoor lawn, The Back Yard, evokes a front porch feeling that encourages patrons to relax and socialize. The Stella is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Jennifer Marshall, (979) 862-2782 or marshall@physics.tamu.edu
  • Stella is defined as a singular noun meaning "a star or star-shaped figure." (Credit: The Stella Hotel.)

  • Dr. Jennifer Marshall

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