The moon will occult Mars on Jan. 30, and it’s the last time this will happen until 2025.
Mars sneaks behind the moon and again a few minutes before it reappears on the evening of Dec. 7 in Greater Palm Springs.
The bright full moon will grow dark Nov. 8 as that shining world passes into the shadow of ours for the last total lunar eclipse until 2025.
Occasionally, planets appear to move westward in what is called “retrograde” motion. In late October, Mars dances across the sky headed east.
Shortly before sunrise Aug. 19, you can glimpse this lunar trifecta: third-quarter moon, Pleiades star cluster, and Mars in the desert sky.
The moon will approach its “perigee,” or the closest point in orbit to Earth, on July 13 when the moon reaches its full phase. Look for it.
Near midnight throughout June, the constellation of Scorpius will be at its highest point in the southern sky of Greater Palm Springs.
The moon will rise in the east during the evening of May 15, resulting in a total lunar eclipse for 90 minutes followed by a partial eclipse.
A beautiful, waning crescent moon will glide past a row of planets, passing Saturn, Mars, and finally Jupiter and Venus on April 27.
Greater Palm Springs will see the black moon in late March while the rest of the world will be treated in April.