The moon will occult Mars on Jan. 30, and it’s the last time this will happen until 2025.
Occasionally, planets appear to move westward in what is called “retrograde” motion. In late October, Mars dances across the sky headed east.
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.
As twilight fades in the desert this month, viewers can again easily extend a line toward Polaris for an easy and stunning reference north.
If you look up at night on Jan. 10 or on Jan. 22, you’ll be able to spot the stars without the moon’s illumination affecting your view.
View a partial lunar eclipse after 11 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Greater Palm Springs when the moon will begin to pass through the Earth’s shadow.