Only   a   leisurely   two-hour   drive   from   downtown   San Diego,   the   desert   community   of   Borrego   Springs   is known    for    having    some    of    the    best    stargazing conditions    in    the    U.S.        Because    of    its    dry    air, minimal    light    pollution    and    more    than    300    clear nights    a    year,    it    is    a    popular    destination    for stargazers of all kinds With   pleasant   weather    during   most   of   the   year,   this small   rural   community   offers   visitors   a   magnificent desert   landscape   unlike   any   other   in   the   area,   and   a skyscape   you'll   not   soon   forget.   On   many   nights, the   Milky   Way   arches   majestically   across   the   starry heavens     and     displays     its     intricate     dark     lane structure    and    central    bulge,    and    stargazers    can easily see the faintest of stars. Though   it's   located   in   the   heart   of   one   of   the   most densely   populated   regions   of   the   planet,   Borrego Springs   is   an   attractive   destination   for   stargazers. Because    of    the    town's    exceptional    commitment    to    dark    sky    protection    and    restoration,    the    International    Dark    Sky    Association   designated it in 2009 as the first International Dark Sky Community  in California.  It remains the only one in the entire state.  Borrego   Springs   is   one   of   the   darkest   towns   in   Southern   California,   partly   because   it   is   completely surrounded   by   nearly   a   thousand   square   miles   of   the   dark   Anza-Borrego   Desert   State   Park,   itself designated   as   International   Dark   Sky   Park    in   2018.   Mountains   flank   the   desert   on   three   sides   and effectively block much of the light pollution from distant desert and coastal cities. In   addition   to   a   variety   of   popular   public   lectures,   workshops   and   special   events   throughout   the year,   the   annual   Nightfall   Star   Party    is   hosted   here   by   the   Riverside   Astronomical   Society    every autumn.     In   2011,   KCET   designated   Borrego   Springs   as   one   of   The   7   Best   SoCal   Locations   for   Desert   Night Sky   Viewing .   In   2012,   USA   Today    named   the   town   as   one   of   Ten   Great   Places   to   Stargaze   in   the U.S. ,   and   in   2013,   KCET   ranked   it   first   in   its   Seven   Best   Places   to   Stargaze   in   San   Diego   County .   In 2014,   The Active   Times    dubbed   Borrego   one   of   the   Top   Spots   for   Stargazing   Out   West ,   and   Afar   Magazine    listed   it   among   the   the   world's Epic Stargazing Destinations . To   learn   more   about   the   village   of   Borrego   Springs—its   lodging,   restaurants,   activities   and   more—please   visit   the   Borrego   Springs Chamber of Commerce .
The chart above displays the current and forecasted sky conditions for Borrego Springs. For instructions on how to interpret it visit Clear Dark Sky.
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