If you want to more easily spot Mercury, the planet makes its greatest separation from the sun in our sky during the morning of Oct. 24.
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.
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.
Three desert observatories, including Sky’s the Limit Observatory, provide the necessary tools, along with fun, educational commentary, to view landmarks of outer space.