WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE
Stargazing Joshua Tree is pleased to host you, family, and friends for an entertaining evening of stargazing and astronomy within the beautiful Morongo Basin. The estimated sky quality (SQM) of this location is 21.16.
Starting with a brief 10-minute walk to our observation site, our guides will familiarize you with our solar system and neighboring planets as astronomical twilight begins to set. Upon arrival at the site, we will take you on a trip through the cosmos using state-of-the-art telescopes (Celestron and Unistellar eVscope 2). You will gaze out on distant nebula and galaxies, as well as more local neighbors. See the rings of Saturn or the bands and zones of Jupiter's beautiful atmosphere. Find beauty in the craters and faces of a half-lit moon.
Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable and will take you on a journey through our sky. Learn to find north and the location of our seasonal triangles, constellations and planets. Using high-powered laser pointers, we will provide you an entertaining and scholastic experience, with stories about ancient civilizations, Greek mythology, and the evolution of the Cosmos.
Our telescopes are operated with a keypad and are as easy to use as sending a text. Telescopes are pre-programmed with our object list for the night. Pressing one button on the keypad moves the telescope to the next object.
We regularly view the following types and classes of objects: Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Double and Binary Stars, Planets, Earth’s Moon, Globular Clusters, Comets, and more. Depending on timing, the International Space Station (ISS) and Starlink trains can be seen passing overhead.
* Note: Not all objects are visible every night.
Planning for Your Tour
Preparing for your stargazing tour is key to having an enjoyable encounter with the Cosmos. While here on Earth chaos can ensue, we do our best to help you smoothly plan for our 2-hour program. Please be sure to read through our FAQ page for details.
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