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 By Dennis Mammana    News

Mars Perseverance: Why Bother?

By Dennis Mammana If you haven't been paying attention to the Perseverance spacecraft that landed on Mars on Feb. 18, you've been missing one of the great scientific achievements of our time. Check out the real-time video of its... — Updated 4/29/2021

 

The Iceball Cometh

It's been quite a while since we've seen a bright comet in our skies. Many stargazers remember the show put on by Comet Hale-Bopp 23 years ago, but most folks can't recall seeing another one since. One is now swinging past the... — Updated 8/3/2020

 

The Return of Jupiter

Summer skywatchers will soon be enjoying a couple of planetary visitors in our night sky. This week, the giant planet Jupiter returns to our early evening sky. Jupiter reaches its opposition point on July 14, when it appears... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

Dr. Kathy Sullivan: Hybrid Astronaut and Oceanographer

The International Space Station was engaged with experiments and welcoming new arrivals on June 9. It was steadily working on its 15+ orbits, circling faster than 17,000 miles per hour then suddenly the land line rang. It was... — Updated 7/8/2020

 

Chamber Quandary

Emotions are running high around the world right now, and the constant “are we” or “aren’t we” doesn’t help. I’m referring to the reopening of businesses – when we thought that closing down was difficult, we had no idea how challenging reopening would be. From not... — Updated 6/16/2020

 

Dragon SpaceX Launch

Mix liquid oxygen with nitrogen then sprinkle Elon Musk’s private funds and you’ve got company on the ISS. What is SpaceX? Chomping on the tail of the International Space Station launch, SpaceX was founded in 2002 to revolutionize and repackage space transport away from the... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Michael Sadler    News

A Dark Sky Affair

As dusk broke for the Dark Sky Party at the Borrego Springs Library on Aug. 15, not the Moon, but Jupiter appeared as the first celestial object, even displaying four of its 67 known moons telescopically later in the event. Followi... — Updated 8/22/2019

 
 By Michael Sadler    News

Eight Minutes of Space Drama

It was pure drama. Would a six-month space voyage to Mars costing almost half a billion dollars end in success or failure? The drama began and ended in all of eight minutes. Upon reaching Mars on Nov. 26 and ready to begin the... — Updated 12/29/2018

 

Super Blue Blood Moon

The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it's the third in a series of "supermoons," when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It's also the second... — Updated 2/14/2018

 

2017 Autumn Equinox

The 2017 autumn equinox is here, marking the end of the summer season, as well as the first day of fall for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. Cold weather and longer nights are here. The equinox signals the official change of season, which occurs Friday Sept. 22 at 4:02... — Updated 10/3/2017

 

NASA's Eclipse Solution

Anyone eager to catch a glimpse of today's historic total solar eclipse but hasn't bought special viewing glasses could make their own. Since it is too dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse with the naked eye, eclipse... — Updated 8/21/2017

 

The End is Nigh?

With a total eclipse sweeping the country at the end of August, a conspiracy theorist claims it is a signal that Earth is coming to an end. David Meade, a Christian numerologist and author of the conspiracy book, 'Planet X - The... — Updated 8/10/2017

 

Wild Flower Bloom From Space

The worlds media have been watching closely as the drought came to a brief end and the desert came alive. NASA Earth Observatory have put together a compilation of pictures showing the wild flower bloom in the Anza-Borrego Desert... — Updated 4/20/2017

 

Ursid Meteor Shower

The moon is threatening to obscure this months meteor shower, however it is still worth taking some time tonight and through to 23rd to see if you can see Ursid Meteor Shower across the skies. Experts are predicting that it will... — Updated 12/28/2016

 

November Supermoon

If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it's been since January 1948. During the event, which will happen on the eve of November 14, the Moon... — Updated 11/9/2016

 

Watch the Skies

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead this week. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher... — Updated 10/27/2016

 

Mysterious UFO In San Diego Sky

Mystery surrounds a 'fireball' seen over San Diego Mon. Aug 15, as witnesses report sightings from Eastlake, above the City Heights area, and another person noticed them above the San Diego International Airport. NASA experts and... — Updated 9/12/2016

 

Blue Cut Fire - 68% Containment

The Blue Cut fire in San Bernardino County has consumed just over 37,000 acres, caused the evacuation of close to 82,000 residents, and destroyed 96 single family homes and 213 outbuildings. Cal Fire said in an update Sat. Aug.... — Updated 8/20/2016

 

Perseid Meteor Shower on the Way

After last nights Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, Borrego's dark skies will once again be the best place to stargaze come Aug 12-13. Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left... — Updated 8/5/2016

 

Mars Close Approach

Sunday night saw Mars edge towards its closest point to Earth in 11 years as it appeared much bigger and brighter than usual. Amateur astronomer Dr Ian Musgrave, from the University of Adelaide, said it would trump Venus as the... — Updated 5/31/2016

 

Transit of Mercury - Tonight

Mercury will cross in front of the sun this evening, an event that only happens around 13 times a century. The last time the earth witnessed this rare astrological event was in 2006 and the next time will be in 2019. The transit... — Updated 5/13/2016

 

BVEF Awards $65,000 to UCI, Air Quality Study

The Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (the Fund) has awarded a $65,000, 3-year grant to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to study Air Quality in the Borrego Valley. “This grant to develop objective measures of the changing air quality in our community furthers the... — Updated 3/1/2016

 
 By Suzanne Howarth    News

Borrego Springs – UFO Third Sighting

The night sky over Southern California was lit up once again on Dec. 22 by a fireball which had social media ablaze with theories. Described by some as a plane on fire or as a meteorite, the videos taken from the ground clearly... — Updated 1/31/2016

 

Borrego Springs - Dark Sky Awards

The Borrego Sun will be recognized as a Borrego Dark Sky friendly business on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Palm Canyon Resort, at 6:00 p.m. Ellen Fitzpatrick, the editor, will be present to accept the award. Also receiving recognition will be Coldwell Banker Borrego and the Bighorn... — Updated 11/5/2015

 

El Niño Friend Or Foe?

According to the National Weather Service, the chances are increasing that this year’s El Niño will be one of the strongest since record-keeping began in 1950. Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory predicts this El Niño is “too big to fail.... — Updated 10/13/2015

 

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