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

    photo of Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

    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.

    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
    Early FebruarySunrise 6:40 a.m., sunset at 5:15 p.m. PST
    February 10, SaturdayStargazing at 7:30 p.m.
    March 1, ThursdayFull moon rises at 5:40 p.m., sun sets at 5:42 p.m.
    March 10, SaturdayStargazing at 7:30 p.m.
    March 11, SundayDaylight Savings begins 2:00 a.m.
    March 20, TuesdayVernal Equinox — first day of spring
    March 31, SaturdaySunrise 6:35 a.m., sun set at 7:04 p.m.
    March 31, Saturday Full moon rises at 7:33 p.m. PDT
    April 29, Sunday Full moon rises at 7:20 p.m., sun sets at 7:26 p.m.
    May 29, Tuesday Full moon rises at 8:03 p.m., sun sets at 7:47 p.m.
    May 31, Thursday Sunrise 5:38 a.m., sunset 7:48 p.m. PDT

    We invite you to join us for stargazing on Saturday, February 10, and Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. behind the Lutheran Church (details on the Stargazing page).

    This February has no full moon! The twist of our Gregorian calendar places full moons on January 31, March 1 and March 31. We also apologize for the lack of planets after sundown this spring. Venus hangs out too close to the sun to be visible until late May when it begins a summer of duty as the Evening Star. Mars and Saturn can be seen playing around in the pre-dawn hour low in the Southeast. Jupiter will rise in the morning, a bit earlier each night. By late May it can be spotted all night long.

    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