The Perseid meteor shower is present for most of August with its peak in activity Aug. 11–12. The best viewing is before twilight Aug. 12.
Love and war come together in our western sky on the evening of July 12 with the conjunction of Venus and Mars.
This year, the pairing of the moon and Venus will fall just after sunset on June 11. For a clear view, start looking west around 8 p.m.
In the early hours of May 26, the moon will begin to dim and a total lunar eclipse will grace the morning sky in the Coachella Valley.
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.
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.