Dark Night Skies

Photo courtesy of Casey Kiernan


Some of the beauty of our hi-desert occurs after dark with our thrilling night skies. MBCA believes in conserving the beauty of these dark skies.

MBCA has been involved with three community efforts to improve dark night skies. The first began in 2010 as the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance. This presentation describes the work of that group. Since 2014 there have been two County-sponsored Third District Dark Sky Committees, working to improve the lighting code and its enforcement. Several MBCA directors have served on and led these committees. In February 2020 a lighting ordinance focused on light trespass was presented to the Planning Commission. They declined to vote on it and requested that Land Use Services present them with a workshop on the topic. MBCA President Steve Bardwell continues to lead an effort to get this ordinance adopted. Read the News Updates of January 31, 2021 and February 4, 2021, for more details. 

Locally, there are several groups that interpret the night skies for residents and visitors:


Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club 

The Andromeda Society





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