Sky’s the Limit is located on the northern edge of Joshua Tree National Park, south of the town of Twentynine Palms. Unlike the main part of the Park, whose dark skies have been slowly eroded by light pollution from the lights of the rapidly-growing desert cities to the south, STL is located far away from all ambient light. You can still see the Milky Way easily from this site. The campus is open to the public only for its Saturday star parties, however, if you’re an astronomer–amateur or professional–you can bring your telescope anytime to do personal projects or astrophotography. Pads are provided. Bathrooms are available, but no water. At 2,800 feet elevation, the desert can get chilly, so bring a jacket.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.