Horsehead Nebula (above, left) and Orion Nebula (M42) were photographed by guest Terry Honyoust on January 26, 2019.
TELESCOPE CLINIC: Friday, September 23, 2022 is SOLD OUT.
For those with a new (or old) telescope still in the box or gathering dust in the closet, this Friday night Telescope Clinic will feature mentors helping set up, align, and operate telescopes. A few remaining tickets are on sale now at nightskyfestival.org.
NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL Saturday, September 24, 2022 is SOLD OUT.
EXCEPT FOR THE NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL WEEKEND, the Campus is ALWAYS open to explore! QR codes posted around campus, when scanned with a smartphone, will take you to a text or audio explanation of what you are seeing.
However, all buildings - including restrooms - are closed except when docents are on campus. Usually on Saturday morning from 10 to noon a docent is present to set up the solar scope for a safe view of the Sun and give tours of the Orrery (a true-to-scale and true-to-position model of the Solar System at a scale of 20 billion to 1).
There are no telescopes for public use, but you are welcome to set up your own telescopes or cameras.
When things return to normal, Sky's The Limit will offer free public night sky programs again!
FREE PUBLIC NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS shown below are a few photos from past events
NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS on Saturday Nights (temporarily suspended)
Sky's The Limit hosts free public night sky programs on Saturday nights – except when the Moon is full or near full. However, THE CAMPUS IS ALWAYS OPEN if you would like to bring your own equipment to observe or take photographs. Just be aware that there is no running water on campus, and the restrooms will be locked if no docent is present.
A scheduled program may have to be cancelled or delayed due to clouds, rain, or excessive wind, but docents will make every effort to provide an alternative program if telescope viewing is not possible. Check our Facebook Page @skysthelimit29 or follow @STL29Palms on Twitter to learn the latest status of an event.
Observatory and Nature Center 9697 Utah Trail P. O. Box 1 Twentynine Palms, California 92277 760-490-9561