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 By Dennis Mammana    News

Happy Martian Halloween!

I've always enjoyed Halloween. I mean, how often can we dress up as crazy characters and wander the neighborhood without being locked up? But did you know that Halloween has an origin that's rooted in the heavens? It all goes back... — Updated 11/9/2023

 By Phillip Reese    News

Heat-Related Deaths Are Up

Heat-related illness and deaths in California and the U.S. are on the rise along with temperatures, and an increase in drug use and homelessness is a significant part of the problem, according to public health officials and data from the Centers for Disease Control and... — Updated 9/14/2023


Saturday Matinee

Enjoy a free film on the big screen at the Borrego Library! This month’s films celebrate Black History Month: Feb. 18 features Ray (PG-13), the life story of singer Ray Charles and Feb. 25 Hidden Figures (PG), the story of female mathematicians who played a vital role in N... — Updated 2/14/2023


Dark Sky Party at the Library

On Thursday Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the library will be hosting a stargazing event with telescopes provided by the San Diego Astronomy Association as well as a “Moon to Mars” presentation by a NASA Solar System ambassador and a kids’ space-themed craft. Great oppor... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

Three Decades of Stargazing!

It's hard to believe, but it will be 30 years on Aug. 19 since I published my first "Stargazers" column. Over those years, we've seen eclipses darken the land, planets converge in the sky or transit across the sun, meteor showers... — Updated 8/30/2022


Peter L. Dudley

Peter Dudley, 83, and the love of my life, departed for a new adventure on May 12, surrounded by our three sons and a granddaughter. When his heart and kidneys began to fail, while in our California home, he desperately wanted to... — Updated 6/2/2022


Will Space Become Another Ocean of Waste?

Large amounts of colliding space debris have resulted from increased commercial space activities. Outer space remains classified as an eminent domain or a global commons. All space activities need to be regulated for humanity and... — Updated 10/1/2021

 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 knowing when ce... — 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 Rus... — 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


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


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