Mars sneaks behind the moon and again a few minutes before it reappears on the evening of Dec. 7 in Greater Palm Springs.
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.
Near midnight throughout June, the constellation of Scorpius will be at its highest point in the southern sky of Greater Palm Springs.
A beautiful, waning crescent moon will glide past a row of planets, passing Saturn, Mars, and finally Jupiter and Venus on April 27.
Love and war come together in our western sky on the evening of July 12 with the conjunction of Venus and Mars.
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.