Sky's The Limit currently has one night sky program a month on the Saturday nearest the new moon because that is when the sky is darkest and you can see the most stars and deep-sky objects. That’s when the telescopes are out for public viewing. Programs start about 1/2 hour after sunset and last about 2 hours. (See specific dates.)
Due to the overwhelming popularity of these programs and because of limited space to park vehicles on campus, STL is forced to limit the number of vehicles and require advance reservations with a donation of $10 per vehicle, starting with the September 16, 2023 program.
In the event of cancellation – either by the ticket holder or due to circumstances beyond our control – the donation will be retained by STL. The donation is 100% tax deductible.
PLEASE NOTE: Night Sky Programs are held outdoors, and desert weather is unpredictable. Sky's The Limit will make every effort to provide a meaningful event, but rain, high winds, and other inclement weather may make a program impossible. In the event of cancellation for any reason, an alternative date will be offered, but there are no refunds.
HERE ARE DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS:
Please explore our campus during the day; there’s plenty to see! The campus is always open for pedestrians even when the dome and restrooms are closed. We recommend the free app Sky View Lite, which has a red screen night setting and will show you the locations of constellations, planets, satellites, etc.
Also check with JTNP for any ranger-led programs, and take a look at visit29.org for lodging, dining and other attractions. You might also see what Rancho Mirage Observatory is offering during your visit. There is USUALLY a docent on campus on Saturday morning, but because we are all volunteers, occasionally another commitment or personal issue might mean the docent is unavailable.
With very few exceptions the Campus is ALWAYS open to explore! (On occasion the Campus is reserved for a private or reservation-only event.) Please park in designated areas and walk in. 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. A docent is usually present on Saturday mornings 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 except during public programs, but you are welcome to set up your own telescopes or cameras. Please confer with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are charging for an event on our campus.
NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS shown below are a few photos from past events
NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS are once a month on the Saturday Night nearest the new moon.
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. Please park in designated areas and walk in.
A scheduled program may have to be delayed or rescheduled due to rain, strong winds, or other inclement weather. 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