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    Sky Calendar — through January 2018, for Borrego Springs, California

    photo of Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

    The lack of a moon in the evening sky on December 13/14 will make for excellent shooting star viewing. King of the meteor showers, the Geminids, is one of the few meteor showers that perform well before midnight. Look beginning looking about 10 p.m. for these bright and intensely colored streakers. Any “falling star” you spot from December 7 to 17 is most likely a Geminid.

    Following on the heels of the Geminids are the Ursids, a minor shower on Dec 21/22. A look might also be worthwhile, since the crescent moon sets early. Coincidently, it is also the Winter Solstice — the first day of winter. If you are in Borrego, you are lucky!

    Early DecemberSunrise 6:30 a.m., sunset 4:40 p.m. PST
    December 3, SundaySuper Full Super Moon rises at 5:15 p.m., sun sets at 4:38 p.m.
    December 9, SaturdayStar gazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church
    December 13, WednesdayGeminid meteor shower – the king!
    December 21, ThursdayWinter solstice - shortest day of the year
    December 21, ThursdayUrsid meteors
    January 1, MondaySuper Full moon rises at 4:50 p.m., sun sets at 6:49 p.m.
    January 13, SaturdayStargazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church
    January 31, WednesdayTotal eclipse of the Super Blue Moon 5:20 a.m. until dawn
    End of JanuarySunrise 6:40 a.m., sunset at 5:15 p.m. PST

    We invite you to join us for stargazing on December 9th and January 13th at 7:30 p.m. behind the Lutheran Church (details on the Stargazing page).

    King of the meteor showers, the Geminids from Dec 7 to 17. They peak on Dec 13.

    The Ursids is a minor shower and is on Dec 21/22.

    Mars and Jupiter are low in the southeast to greet the dawn and Saturn will join January.

    There are three “Super” Full Moons in these two months — December 3, January 1 and 31. There will be a total eclipse of the Super Blue Moon the morning of Wednesday, January 31 from 5:21 a.m. until dawn.

    About the International Dark Sky Association

    logo-International Dark Sky Association The International Dark Sky Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies. Headquartered in Tucson, AZ with a branch office in Washington, DC and satellite offices in Hever, Belgium and Turramurra, Australia, IDA has membership in 70 countries.

    COALITION MEMBERS are: Betsy Knaak (chair), Grace Rickard (vice chair), Eli Hanks, Bill Hanks, Dorothy Hogan, Dennis Mammana, Jim Rickard, Sally Theriault, and Sam Webb.
    The Coalition is facilitated by, but not a part of, the Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA).

    CONTACT Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition c/o Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
    PO Box 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
    760-767-3052 (leave message) or email BorregoDarkSkies@gmail.com