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Sky Calendar — through January 2018, for Borrego Springs, California
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 December||Sunrise 6:30 a.m., sunset 4:40 p.m. PST|
|December 3, Sunday||Super Full Super Moon rises at 5:15 p.m., sun sets at 4:38 p.m.|
|December 9, Saturday||Star gazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church|
|December 13, Wednesday||Geminid meteor shower – the king!|
|December 21, Thursday||Winter solstice - shortest day of the year|
|December 21, Thursday||Ursid meteors|
|January 1, Monday||Super Full moon rises at 4:50 p.m., sun sets at 6:49 p.m.|
|January 13, Saturday||Stargazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church|
|January 31, Wednesday||Total eclipse of the Super Blue Moon 5:20 a.m. until dawn|
|End of January||Sunrise 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.