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.

Ten local businesses applied and were certified Night Sky Friendly on February 28, 2014. A short presentation ceremony was held in the Performing Arts Center. The Coalition is pleased at the favorable response to the new program and thanks these businesses for their cooperation.
Click here for the full list.
Pictured from left: Brad Tidwell, Barbara Nickerson, Gwenn Marie, Rich Caldwell, Bob Juers, Rev. Laura Brecht, and Elizabeth Newell
Sky Calendar for September to November, 2014
(for Borrego Springs, California)
Oct. 21  Tues.  Delta Orionid Meteor shower peaks after midnight  
Oct. 23  Thurs.  Partial solar eclipse maximum at 3:33 p.m.  
Oct. 23 - 26    Nightfall - Riverside Astronomical Soc. event  
Nov. 2 Sun.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00 a.m. 
Nov. 6  Thurs.  Full moon rises at 5:00 p.m., sunset 4:50 p.m.
Nov. 17  Mon.  Leonid meteor shower peaks after midnight  
Nov. 22  Sat.  Stargazing for the public at 7:30 p.m.  
End Nov.    Sunrise 6:30 a.m., sunset 4:38 p.m. PST  
Early Dec.    Sunrise 6:30 a.m., sunset 4:40 p.m. PST  
Dec. 5  Fri.  Full moon rises at 4:25 p.m., sun sets at 4:38 p.m.  
Dec. 13  Sat.  Geminid meteor shower should be good  
Dec. 20  Sat.  Sat Star gazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church  
Dec. 21  Sun.  Winter solstice - shortest day of the year, 10 daylight hours in Borrego  
Jan. 3  Sat.  Quadrantid meteors best after midnight, but blocked by bright moon  
Jan. 4  Sun.  Full moon rises at 4:52 p.m., sun sets at 4:51 p.m. 
Jan. 17  Sat.  Star gazing at 7:30 p.m. behind Lutheran church 
End of Jan.    Sunrise 6:40 a.m., sunset at 5:20 p.m. PST 

By Dr. Jim and Grace
COALITION MEMBERS are: Betsy Knaak (chair), Grace Rickard (vice chair), Maris Brancheau, Dorothy Hogan, Dennis Mammana, John Mosley, 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 Assn. PO Box 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004  760-767-3052 (leave message)  BorregoDarkSkies@gmail.com

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