Joshua Tree National Park has recently been designated as an International Dark Sky Park at the Silver Tier level by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The park strives to be a refuge for those who want to experience a naturally dark night sky.
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the park with host the 5th Annual Night Sky Festival. This year’s festival is a ticketed event with limited capacity, held primarily at Sky’s the Limit Nature Center and Observatory, located just outside the park’s north entrance.
The park will have a Star Party with at least 20 telescopes, music, Constellation Tours and Sky Stories. Daytime activities will include astronomy lectures, photo booth, educational tables and youth crafts, along with solar viewing, nature walks, and tours of the model solar system (the “orrery”) at Sky’s the Limit.
To learn more, visit: http://www.nightskyfestival.org/
Plan ahead; lodging can be found in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, or other nearby towns.
This event is sponsored by non-profit organizations Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts and Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park, and supported by the City of Twentynine Palms.