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The Rancho Mirage Observatory officially opened on March 25, 2018 as a teaching and learning tool for all ages, intended to further public understanding of our night skies while offering new programming opportunities in astronomy. The Observatory plays an integral role in the growth of the Rancho Mirage Library’s campus. Constructed adjacent to the Library’s western entrance, the addition of this research level facility underscores the Library’s commitment to lifelong learning, education for all ages, and a focus on the sciences.

In addition to onsite tours, telescope viewing, and group stargazing, the Observatory creates limitless possibilities for educational programming and activities for all ages and levels of expertise.

Please note that due to the coronavirus emergency, Rancho Mirage Observatory is currently closed to the public.

Observatory Announcements

The Observatory is currently closed to the public, however original programming continues online!

Although the Observatory is currently closed to the public, you can access past programming and join live virtual events on our YouTube Channel. Watch Now!

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Swoon @ the Moon! No registration needed for our self-guided, open house style event

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Integrated Space Theater

The Rancho Mirage Observatory opened on March 25, 2018, and since then has provided thousands of residents and visitors the opportunity to connect with the cosmos. In the…

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When Is the Next Stargazing Party?

When Is the Next Stargazing Party? We are not currently hosting stargazing parties.  However, when we do begin again – our philosophy for hosting our popular Stargazing Parties…

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Ongoing & Upcoming Observatory Programs

Past Observatory Programs


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