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.
Dark Sky Friendly Business Recognition
for 2017

  • Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
  • Borrego Springs Motel
  • Borrego Valley Realty

  • Shown left to right: Elaine Tulving, Sicco Rood, Jim Dice, and Bob Theriault from the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, and Dorothy Hogan from the Borrego Dark Sky Coalition.

    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 — November 2017 through January 2018
    (for Borrego Springs, California)
    Nov. 17  Fri.   Leonid meteor shower peaks after midnight 
    Nov. 18  Sat.  Stargazing for the public at 7:30 p.m. 
    Early Dec.    Sunrise 6:30 a.m., sunset 4:40 p.m. PST  
    Dec. 3  Sun.   Super Full Super Moon rises at 5:15 p.m., sunset 4:38 p.m.  
    Dec. 9  Sat.   Stargazing at 7:30 p.m., behind Lutheran church 
    Dec. 13  Wed.   Geminid meteor shower – the king!  
    Dec. 21  Thurs.   Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year 
    Dec. 21  Thurs.   Ursid meteors  
    Jan. 1  Mon.   Super Full Moon rises at 4:50 p.m., sunset 4:49 p.m. 
    Jan. 13  Sat.   Stargazing at 7:30 p.m., behind Lutheran church 
    Jan. 31  Wed.   Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon, 5:20 a.m. until dawn 
    End of Jan.  Fri.   Sunrise 6:40 a.m., sunset 5:15 p.m. PST 

    We invite you to join us for stargazing on December 9th and January 13th at 7:30 p.m. behind the Lutheran Church (details on the Stargazing page).

    King of the meteor showers, the Geminids from Dec 7 to 17. They peak on Dec 13.

    The Ursids is a minor shower and is on Dec 21/22.

    Mars and Jupiter are low in the southeast to greet the dawn and Saturn will join January.

    There are three “Super” Full Moons in these two months — December 3, January 1 and 31. There will be a total eclipse of the Super Blue Moon the morning of Wednesday, January 31 from 5:21 a.m. until dawn.


    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