Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, Twentynine Palms

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  • Unfortunately, we were there on the evening of the famous Coachella Haboob of Octoer 2022, and even at nightfall, the sky was quite dusty. Even then, was just barely able to see the Milky Way. 
    Unfortunately, we were there on the evening of the famous Coachella Haboob of Octoer 2022, and even at nightfall, the sky was quite dusty. Even then, was just barely able to see the Milky Way.  more »
  • Seemed interesting but closed when we stopped. Looks like only open about once a month with Covid. Nice fact sheets on most of the planets. 
    Seemed interesting but closed when we stopped. Looks like only open about once a month with Covid. Nice fact sheets on most of the planets.  more »
  • Most of the observatory is closed but the sky is always open. It is a great location, just outside the park. There's a wonderful view and when it gets real dark you can see stars forever. 
    Most of the observatory is closed but the sky is always open. It is a great location, just outside the park. There's a wonderful view and when it gets real dark you can see stars forever.  more »
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  • I went before nightfall so I wasn’t able to really stargaze so much here, I was really interested in the grounds though! I love the metal art pieces and the orbital installation that also gives you information on all the other planets and their orbit around the sun. The view from the top of the mountain here is really beautiful. I would recommend to bring bug spray!
  • I have been here 3 times to stargaze at this specific location and I have always enjoyed it. What I love about this place is the information that the site gives you so you can plan your trip and get an awesome view and not have to worry about if there will be cloud coverage or how dark will the night be. But I highly recommend this location, there are people around either there telescopes, so you don’t really feel alone in the middle of the night.
  • Interesting area to walk around. The grounds and sculptures are very nice. No one was there and there wasn’t much info on the Orrery or other structures there. Good place to see the stars at night.
  • Wonderful nature and sky (astronomy) site adjacent to the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Open to all, offering programs to learn about the plants and animals of the area and the night sky. Beautiful facility with bathrooms, handicap parking, interpretive exhibits, an observatory with a 14 inch telescope, and concrete pads for setting up your own telescope.
  • Good food, good sights, great place to catch your breath after a 10 minute gondala ride of deathly heights.

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