The CaliBaja life is all about the lifestyle and culture in the northern Baja California Mexico and Southern California areas. It takes the love of the ocean, nature and the community and wraps it into one prodigious way of life. One of the remarkable aspects about the CaliBaja region is our love for astronomy and science. We have two exceptional observatories within our CaliBaja community that you should put on your ‘must-see’ list.
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Sitting on top of Palomar Mountain, in all its splendor, is the Palomar Observatory. This astronomers haven is located just north of San Diego, California. This facility is used for scientistic development, as well as teaching. They have 3 very active telescopes that are in use on very clear nights. The Palomar Observatory is operated by Caltech and has been built around a great community and passionate scientists. Palomar is open daily for visitors between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, except on some holidays or when the weather is bad. If you plan to visit please call ahead to see if they are open, or visit their website at http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/homepage.html
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional
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The view of this historic, and still operating, observatory in Baja California is breathtaking! The “Observatorio Astronómico Nacional” opened in the sixties and has been a strong influence in the science community. It’s located in Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California state, in northwest Mexico. They have three different telescopes allowing you to really appreciate the night sky. The observatory is run by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The stars in this area are amazing, especially if you love camping under them. If you get a chance stop by this observatory on you next visit.
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California has something for everyone and that is why we love this lifestyle. There is something magical about gazing out at the stars above our beautiful state. I really believe if you want a spectacular Calibaja experience you have to visit one of these fabulous observatories.