Galaxies and Globulars
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center offers a cosmic tour of galaxies and globular clusters on Saturday, October 18. This free event, open to the public, begins around 6:45 pm and continues until approximately 2:00 am. The observatory campus is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, on the left just before entering Joshua Tree National Park.
Away from the center of the Milky Way is a region of the sky where galaxies and globular clusters are prevalent. On this night’s agenda will be a wide selection of large spiral galaxies and brilliant globular clusters, including The Andromeda Galaxy, Great Pegasus Cluster, The Triangulum Galaxy, and the eye-catching Silver Dollar Galaxy in Sculptor.
In addition to to deep sky objects, Uranus and Neptune are at their brightest and are well-placed for observation. Of special interest is one of the deepest red-colored stars in the sky, Herschel’s Garnet Star — an old, cool temperature carbon star that has burned up most of its hydrogen and is now fusing helium into heavy elements such as carbon.
Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. All are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to set up and visit other campus educational attractions before the cosmic tour begins.
Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.
The observatory may not be open during a scheduled event due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Contact Steve at 650-678-0179 or Ray at 760-365-7897 for the latest information.
For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegraintelescope, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org. STL is an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.