Earth Science Week at Texas A&M University-Kingsville had people seeing stars Monday night.

"It's beautiful, a beautiful thing to look at," said May Merrill.

Merrill brought her family to an open house at Hill Hall Observatory located on campus. Her kids were excited to get an up close look at the craters on the moon.

Merrill said, "I thought it would be a good learning experience. Something they don't do everyday away from video games."

The Department of Physics and Geo-sciences presented its first public viewing for the semester of the observatory.

Two high powered telescopes opened a window to the sky for stargazers and their curiosity about galaxies far far away.

Physics Lecturer Charles Allison told 3 News, "we are in a golden age of astronomy these days."

One of the telescopes at the observator is 16 inches in diameter and can be used to view planets such as Venus, Mars, and Saturn.

Allison said, "it's pretty much about the biggest one a few hundred miles around. It was actually created by a student who graduated."

Physics student Blas Guadiana said, "watching Jupiter is always amazing. When you get these types of activities you get professionals to guide you and where to look at and give you a sense of how important it is."