Stargazing

Our free stargazing programs include viewing several different objects on the deck, a constellation tour, and viewing even more through our PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope in the dome. The program is led by City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Program Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, or a trained docent. Guests are provided information throughout the experience and encouraged to ask questions!

Stargazing Registration

  • Registration is required to attend a stargazing event. Please see the dates of events and registration dates below.
  • You do not need a library card to register.
  • Online registration opens 1 week in advance of the first night of stargazing for each group of events.
  • Rancho Mirage residents and donor cardholders can register in person at the Library Information Desk 1 week before online registration opens (2 weeks in advance of the first night of stargazing for each group of events.)
  • Spaces for stargazing programs fill up quickly. We suggest being online to reserve your space as soon as a new group of events opens.
  • All stargazing events are subject to change, cancellation, or postponement.

Rancho Mirage residents and donors can register in person at the Library’s Information Desk starting Monday, September 12.

Online registration for the dates below opens Monday, September 19 at 10 am.

Rancho Mirage residents and donors can register in person at the Library’s Information Desk starting Monday, October 10.

Online registration for the dates below opens Monday, October 17 at 10 am.

  • Monday, October 24 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm
  • Friday, October 28 at 7 pm

Rancho Mirage residents and donors can register in person at the Library’s Information Desk starting Monday, October 31.

Online registration for the dates below opens Monday, November 7 at 10 am.

  • Monday, November 14 at 5:45 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15 at 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday, November 16 at 5:45 pm
  • Thursday, November 17 at 5:45 pm
  • Friday, November 18 at 5:45 pm

Rancho Mirage residents and donors can register in person at the Library’s Information Desk starting Monday, November 28.

Online registration for the dates below opens Monday, December 5 at 10 am.

  • Monday, December 12 at 5:45 pm
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 5:45 pm
  • Thursday, December 15 at 5:45 pm
  • Friday, December 16 at 5:45 pm

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy

Stargazing will be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of the telescopes. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. Patrons will be notified of cancellation via the email address used for registration.