October 1, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RAY YEAGER (760) 365-7897
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky on Saturday, October 6. This free public event will start around 7:20 and last approximately 2 hours. The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
Volunteers will set up a variety of kinds and sizes of telescopes on the winding sidewalks, and guests are welcome to use them or may bring their own binoculars and scopes as well.
Mars will be in excellent position for observing. Saturn will be visible in the West, but Jupiter will be low in the West and will set at 8:16. Venus will set at 7:02. Cygnus the Swan (often called the Northern Cross) will be nearly directly overhead. The bright star Deneb - located at the top of the cross - is one of the largest stars and at 1,440 light years away it is one of the most distant stars that can be seen with the naked eye.
Just to the right of Cygnus is the constellation Lyra (The Harp) where you will find M57, the Ring Nebula, a bright shell of gas that was left over from a star that exploded about 20,000 years ago.
Prominent constellations are Pegasus, (the Horse), Aquila (the Eagle), Cygnus (the Swan), and Lyra (the Harp).
The presentation is very casual, so come at any time and leave when you wish. Bring a red flashlight to preserve night vision. Dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs.
Please be aware that white headlights severely disturb viewing and use only parking lights as you approach the dome. Let your eyes adjust to the dark before you drive into the parking area.
There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.
The seasonal sky is very unpredictable, and a viewing event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check @skysthelmit29 or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event or call Ray at 760-365-7897.
For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.