Be kind to your neighbor. Turn off, dim, control or shade your outdoor lights please. There are great lighting tips for those who live in the valley on our Light Pollution flyer
The Night Sky Friendly Business program recognizes those with appropriate outdoor lighting. Businesses and organizations can show their support for the very popular Dark Sky Community designation by being Night Sky Friendly.
Merit winners receive a certificate and window sticker; they may use the Dark Sky Friendly Business logo in their advertising; may receive publicity in the press; are listed on this website and on a plaque posted in the Borrego Springs library in recognition of responsible and environmentally sensitive approach to preserving the beauty of Borrego’s night sky for all to enjoy. Any business or organization with a physical presence in the Borrego Valley may apply using the Business Application form which is available here or may be requested by calling 760-767-3052.

For more information on Dark Sky compliant lighting, download our Lighting Standards for the Borrego Valley.

For appropriate lighting, Dan Wright (left), owner of The Springs RV Park and Resort, accepts the Night Sky Friendly Business certificate from Borrego Dark Sky Coalition member, Jim Rickard.

Borrego Springs is the only Dark Sky Community certified in California by the International Dark Sky Association. This recognition brings many visitors to the valley, seeking a view of the stars which is no longer visible in most urban areas.

Businesses and organizations in the area may apply for the Night Sky Friendly Business program.
Sky Calendar - May through September 2017
(for Borrego Springs, California)
Apr. 16-25  Sun.  Lyrids meteor shower, good rates Apr 22/23 
May. 6  Sat.  Eta Aquariids meteor shower 
May. 10  Wed.  Full moon rises at 7:41 p.m., sun sets at 7:42 p.m. 
June 2  Fri.  Jupiter and Moon close together in the evening 
June 9  Fri.  Full moonrise 8:06 p.m., sunset 7:53 p.m. 
June 20  Tues.  Summer Solstice, sunrise at 5:36 a.m., sunset at 7:57 p.m. 
July 8  Sat.  Full moonrise 7:40 p.m., sunset 7:58 p.m. 
July 28  Fri.  Delta Aquarids meteor shower 
Aug. 7  Mon.  Full moonrise 7:47 p. m, sunset 7:40 p.m. 
Aug. 12  Sat.  Perseid meteor shower 
Aug. 21  Mon.  Total solar eclipse max at 10:24 a.m. in Borrego Springs 
Sept. 5  Tues.  Full moonrise 7:01 p.m., sunset 7:06 p.m.  
Sept. 22  Fri.  Fall begins, sunrise: 6:33a.m., sunset 6:43 p.m. 
Sept. 26  Tues.  Saturn and Moon close together in the evening 
Oct. 5  Thurs.  Mars and Venus close together in the morning 

The Perseids are the most active and brightest meteor shower of the year. It can release “shooting stars” from Jul 17 to Aug 24. At its peak on the night of August 12 (best after midnight), the show can be amazing, with 60 or more meteors per hour. Moonlight will block out some of the fainter meteors, but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it should be a good show.

The Delta Aquarids, while no match for the Perseids, will be nice on July 28 after moonset, about midnight.

The evening “star” all summer, in the constellation Virgo, is Jupiter. Much dimmer is Saturn, visible in the southern sky between Sagittarius (the Teapot) and the head of Scorpio. The moon passes very close to Jupiter the evening of June 2, and close to Saturn on September 26.

Mars is sinking into the sunset as June begins, return in the morning as September ends. Venus is high in the morning sky but sinks daily toward the sunrise. Venus and Mars shake hand on October 5 as they pass in the morning sky – Mars headed up, and Venus sinking into the morning glare.


By Dr. Jim and Grace

 COALITION MEMBERS are: Betsy Knaak (chair), Grace Rickard (vice chair), Eli Hanks, Bill Hanks, Dorothy Hogan, Dennis Mammana, Jim Rickard, Sally Theriault, and Sam Webb.
 The Coalition is facilitated by, but not a part of, the Anza Borrego Desert Natural  History Association (ABDNHA).

 Contact: Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition 
 c/o Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
 PO Box 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
 760-767-3052 (leave message) or email BorregoDarkSkies@gmail.com

 Night sky header and portrait photography © Tom Hogan tomhoganimages.com
 Design: Dorothy Hogan