April provides an chance to identify the ecliptic, the plane of the Earth’s orbit. The ecliptic passes just south of the red glow of Mars.
Early morning on March 10, look to the eastern sky in Greater Palm Springs for quadruple formation featuring Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury.
You can follow a trio of missions scheduled to arrive at Mars in February from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and China.
After twilight in early January, you can see a fascinating object almost directly overhead. Andromeda Galaxy appears as a faint patch.
Dec. 21 is not only the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere. It also gives us a unique view of Jupiter and Saturn.
This penumbral eclipse will last longer than four hours, so the subtle dimming of the moon may not be readily apparent to desert viewers.
Mars reaches opposition shortly on Oct. 13, which means the planet will be high and bright in the Coachella Valley’s late-night sky.
July will bring the best views of the largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, which will reach opposition less than a week apart.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be spectacularly joined by a sharp waning crescent Moon on March 18 and the foursome will be grouped nicely in Sagittarius.
June 20 marks the longest day of the year when the sun reaches its highest point above the horizon to mark the beginning of summer in the Coachella Valley.
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