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the santa fe effect

the skies

it’s kind of our thing around here.  day or night, there’s usually some level of awesome involved.

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shhhh… new mexico is a (hidden) gem

pure skies

Over the years, Santa Fe has been nationally recognized for its high air quality and incredible sky views.  

bright skies

The City Different enjoys 325 days of sun on average.  Now that’s some vitamin D right there!

night skies

In 1999, New Mexico enacted the Night Sky Protection Act, making dark skies a priority for the health of all inhabitants.

starry skies

With limited artificial “skyglow”, enjoy darker skies than 80% of Americans typically experience.

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the 2022 chart

From special moons to meteor showers, we’ve compiled some fun info to help you plan your stay

january     february     march     april     may     june     july     august     september     october     november     december

january

temp average
highs 45°
lows 22°

temp actual 2020
highest 52°
lowest 14°

temp actual 2021
highest 50°
lowest 12°

2nd
sun            ↑ 7:13 AM    ↓ 5:02 PM
moon        ↑ 7:22 AM    ↓ 5:02 PM
new 
daylight    9h 49M

special moon
2nd
super full moon

a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal due to the moon being closer to earth

9th
sun            ↑ 7:13 AM      ↓ 5:08 PM
moon        ↑ 11:53 AM    ↓ n/a
q1
daylight    9h 55M

17th
sun            ↑ 7:12 AM   ↓ 5:15 PM
moon        ↓ 7:17 AM   ↑ 5:02 PM
full
daylight    10h 4M

25th
sun            ↑ 7:08 AM     ↓ 5:24 PM
moon        ↑ 12:17 AM   ↓ 11:33 PM
q3 
daylight     10h 16M

31st
sun            ↑ 7:04 AM    ↓ 5:30 PM
moon        ↑ 7:00 AM    ↓ 5:00 PM
new 
daylight    10h 26M

special moon
31st
black moon

a second full moon in any calendar month, typically occurring every 29 months or so depending on time zones

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Quadrantid Predawn North Jan. 3-4 25 N/A

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
Quadrantid is the 1st of 3 most prominent showers in the calendar year

february

temp average
highs 49°
lows 25°

temp actual 2020
highest 58°
lowest 9°

temp actual 2021
highest 57°
lowest -3°

8th
sun            ↑ 6:58 AM     ↓ 5:38 PM
moon        12:35 AM     ↑ 11:16 AM
q1
daylight    10h 40M

16th
sun            ↑ 6:49 AM  ↓ 5:46 PM
moon        ↓ 7:11 AM  ↑ 5:57 PM
full
daylight    10h 56M

23rd
sun            ↑ 6:41 AM    ↓ 5:53 PM
moon        ↑ 12:27 AM   ↓ 10:46 AM
q3 
daylight    11h 11M

special moon
black moon

no new moon in a calendar month, only occurs in february and about every 19 years

march

temp average
highs 58°
lows 31°

temp actual 2020
highest 63°
lowest 25°

temp actual 2021
highest 68°
lowest 19°

2nd
sun            ↑ 6:33 AM  ↓ 5:59 PM
moon        ↑ 6:52 AM    ↓ 6:11 PM
new 
daylight    11h 27M

10th
sun            ↑ 6:22 AM    ↓ 6:06 PM
moon        ↓1:18 AM     ↑ 11:02 AM
q1
daylight    11h 44M

18th
sun            ↑ 7:11 AM ↓ 7:13 PM
moon        ↓ 7:40 AM  ↑ 7:55 PM
full
daylight    12h 2M

24th
sun            ↑ 7:02 AM   ↓ 7:18 PM
moon        ↑ 1:40 AM   ↓ 11:20 AM
q3 
daylight    12h 16M

spring equinox

03.20.22

9:33 AM

The vernal equinox is the first of two yearly events when the length of day is nearly equal to length of night.  The sun shines equally on the southern and northern hemispheres, and south of the equator enters the fall season while north of the equator enters spring season.

april

temp average
highs 66°
lows 37°

temp actual 2020
highest 82°
lowest 23°

temp actual 2021
highest 75°
lowest 27°

1st
sun     ↑ 6:51 AM ↓ 7:24 PM
moon ↑ 7:17 AM ↓ 8:06 PM
new 
daylight    12h 34M

9th
sun   ↑ 6:40 AM   ↓ 7:31 PM
moon ↓2:46 AM ↑12:25 PM
q1
daylight    12h 51M

16th
sun     ↑ 6:30 AM ↓ 7:37 PM
moon ↓ 6:35 AM ↑ 7:51 PM
full
daylight    13h 6M

23rd
sun    ↑ 6:22 AM  ↓ 7:42 PM
moon ↑2:34 AM ↓12:27 PM
q3 
daylight    13h 21M

30th
sun     ↑ 6:14 AM ↓ 7:48 PM
moon ↑ 6:13 AM ↓ 7:56 PM
new 
daylight    13h 35M

special moon
30th
black moon

a second full moon in any calendar month, typically occurring every 29 months or so depending on time zones

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Lyrid Predawn South April 21-22 10 Thatcher

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.

may

temp average
highs 75°
lows 45°

temp actual 2020
highest 86°
lowest 40°

temp actual 2021
highest 81°
lowest 37°

8th
sun    ↑ 6:05 AM  ↓ 7:55 PM
moon ↓2:04 AM ↑12:11 PM
q1
daylight    13h 49M

15th
sun     ↑ 5:59 AM ↓ 8:00 PM
moon ↓ 5:36 AM ↑ 7:52 PM
full
daylight    14h 1M

special moon
 
total lunar eclipse sunday evening, may 15
duration 4h 59m
maximum 10:11 pm

a total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are completely lined up resulting in earth’s shadow completely covering the moon

22nd
sun     ↑ 5:55 AM ↓ 8:06 PM
moon ↑1:56 AM ↓12:37 PM
q3 
daylight    14h 11M

30th
sun     ↑ 5:51 AM ↓ 8:11 PM
moon ↑ 5:50 AM ↓ 8:48 PM
new 
daylight    14h 21M

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Eta Aquarid Predawn SouthEast May 4-5 10 Halley

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.

june

temp average
highs 87°
lows 56°

temp actual 2020
highest 92°
lowest 39°

temp actual 2021
highest 95°
lowest 41°

7th
sun            ↑ 5:48 AM ↓ 8:16 PM
moon        ↓1:38 AM     ↑ 1:02 PM
q1
daylight    14h 28M

14th
sun            ↑ 5:48 AM ↓ 8:20 PM
moon        ↓ 5:42 AM  ↑ 9:09 PM
full
daylight    14h 32M

special moon
14TH
SUPER FULL MOON

a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal due to the moon being closer to earth

20th
sun            ↑ 5:49 AM ↓ 8:21 PM
moon        ↑ 1:01 AM   ↓ 12:39 PM
q3 
daylight    14h 33M

28th
sun            ↑ 5:51 AM ↓ 8:23 PM
moon        ↑ 5:14 AM    ↓ 8:32 PM
new 
daylight    14h 32M

special moon
28TH
MINI NEW MOON

a new moon at the closest point to earth; no visible moon makes for great star watching

summer solstice

06.21.22

3:13 AM

The summer solstice occurs when the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum; the sun is at is highest point in the sky and it is the longest day of the year.  The sun shines directly on the northern hemisphere and indirectly on the southern, and south of the equator enters the winter season while north of the equator enters summer season.

july

temp average
highs 88°
lows 60°

temp actual 2020
highest 97°
lowest 56°

temp actual 2021
highest 93°
lowest 56°

6th
sun     ↑ 5:54 AM ↓ 8:22 PM
moon↓12:33 AM ↑ 12:55 PM
q1
daylight    14h 28M

13th
sun     ↑ 5:58 AM ↓ 8:20 PM
moon ↓ 5:30 AM ↑ 8:54 PM
full
daylight    14h 22M

special moon
13TH
SUPER FULL MOON

a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal due to the moon being closer to earth

20th
sun     ↑ 6:03 AM ↓ 8:17 PM
moon ↑12:24 AM↓ 1:35 PM
q3 
daylight    14h 14M

28th
sun     ↑ 6:09 AM ↓ 8:11 PM
moon ↑ 5:50 AM ↓ 8:41 PM
new 
daylight    14h 2M

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Delta Aquarid Predawn South July 28-29 10 N/A

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.

august

temp average
highs 86°
lows 58°

temp actual 2020
highest 93°
lowest 56°

temp actual 2021
highest 90°
lowest 54°

5th
sun            ↑ 6:15 AM ↓ 8:04 PM
moon        ↑ 2:01 PM    ↓ N/A
q1 
daylight    13h 49M

11th
sun            ↑ 6:20 AM ↓ 7:58 PM
moon        ↓5:33 AM     ↑ 8:17 PM
full
daylight    13h 39M

18th
sun            ↑ 6:25 AM ↓ 7:50 PM
moon        ↓ 1:26 PM  ↑ 11:51 PM
q3
daylight    13h 25M

27th
sun            ↑ 6:32 AM ↓ 7:39 PM
moon        ↑ 6:42 AM   ↓ 8:15 PM
new 
daylight    13h 7M

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Perseid Predawn NorthEast Aug. 11-12 50 Swift-Tuttle

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
Perseid is the 2nd of 3 most prominent showers in the calendar year

september

temp average
highs 79°
lows 52°

temp actual 2020
highest 91°
lowest 33°

temp actual 2021
highest 91°
lowest 45°

3rd
sun            ↑ 6:37 AM ↓ 7:29 PM
moon        ↑ 2:12 PM    ↓ 11:58 PM
q1 
daylight    12h 52M

10th
sun            ↑ 6:42 AM ↓ 7:19 PM
moon        ↓6:49 AM     ↑ 7:53 PM
full
daylight    12h 37M

17th
sun            ↑ 6:48 AM ↓ 7:09 PM
moon        ↓ 2:14 PM  ↑ 11:47 PM
q3
daylight    12h 22M

25th
sun            ↑ 6:54 AM ↓ 6:57 PM
moon        ↑ 6:33 AM   ↓ 7:10 PM
new 
daylight    12h 4M

fall equinox

09.22.22

7:04 PM

The autumnal equinox is the second of two yearly events when the length of day is nearly equal to length of night.  The sun shines equally on the southern and northern hemispheres, and south of the equator enters the spring season while north of the equator enters fall season.

october

temp average
highs 68°
lows 41°

temp actual 2020
highest 81°
lowest 13°

temp actual 2021
highest 75°
lowest 30°

2nd
sun            ↑ 6:59 AM ↓ 6:47 PM
moon        ↑ 2:19 PM    ↓ 11:48 PM
q1 
daylight    11h 48M

9th
sun            ↑ 7:05 AM ↓ 6:38 PM
moon        ↓6:45 AM     ↑ 6:48 PM
full
daylight    11h 33M

17th
sun            ↑ 7:11 AM ↓ 6:27 PM
moon        ↓ 2:35 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    11h 16M

25th
sun            ↑ 7:18 AM ↓ 6:17 PM
moon        ↑ 7:29 AM   ↓ 6:34 PM
new 
daylight    10h 59M

sky shows

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Draconid Late evening NorthWest Oct. 8-10 6 Giacobini / Zinner
Orionid Predawn South Oct. 20-21 15 Halley

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
“Late evening” means approximately between 10 p.m. and midnight (or a little past)

november

temp average
highs 56°
lows 31°

temp actual 2020
highest 69°
lowest 19°

temp actual 2021
highest 68°
lowest 23°

1st
sun     ↑ 7:25 AM ↓ 6:10 PM
moon  ↑ 2:48 PM ↓ N/A
q1 
daylight    10h 45M

8th
sun     ↑ 6:32 AM ↓ 5:03 PM
moon  ↓6:43 AM ↑ 5:16 PM
full
daylight    10h 32M

special moon
total lunar eclipse tuesday evening, november 8
duration 5h 41m
maximum 3:59 am

a total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are completely lined up resulting in earth’s shadow completely covering the moon

16th
sun     ↑ 6:39 AM ↓ 4:57 PM
moon ↓ 1:17 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    10h 18M

23rd
sun     ↑ 6:46 AM ↓ 4:53 PM
moon ↑ 6:29 AM ↓ 4:43 PM
new 
daylight    10h 7M

30th
sun     ↑ 6:53 AM ↓ 4:51 PM
moon  ↑ 12:58 PM ↓ N/A
q1 
daylight    9h 58M

sky shows

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Northern Taurid Late evening South Nov. 11-12 3 Encke
Leonid Predawn South Nov. 16-17 10 Tempel-Tuttle
Andromedid Late evening South Nov. 25-27 5 Biela

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
“Late evening” means approximately between 10 p.m. and midnight (or a little past)

december

temp average
highs 45°
lows 23°

temp actual 2020
highest 54°
lowest 9°

temp actual 2021
highest 62°
lowest 12°

7th
sun     ↑ 6:59 AM ↓ 4:51 PM
moon ↓6:38 AM  ↑ 4:28 PM
full
daylight    9h 52M

16th
sun     ↑ 7:06 AM ↓ 4:52 PM
moon  ↓ 12:36 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    9h 47M

23rd
sun     ↑ 7:09 AM ↓ 4:55 PM
moon ↑ 7:42 AM ↓ 5:13 PM
new 
daylight    9h 46M

special moon
23rd
super new moon

a new moon at the closest point to earth; no visible moon makes for great star watching

29th
sun     ↑ 7:12 AM ↓ 4:59 PM
moon ↑ 11:57 PM ↓ N/A
q1 
daylight    9h 47M

sky shows

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Geminid All night NorthEast Dec. 13-14 75 N/A
Ursid Predawn North Dec. 21-22 5 Tuttle

 

*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky
“Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
Geminid is the 3rd of 3 most prominent showers in the calendar year

winter solstice

12.21.22

2:47 PM

The winter solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere when the sun is directly over the tropic of capricorn; it is the shortest day and longest night of the year.  The sun shines directly on the southern hemisphere and indirectly on the northern, and south of the equator enters the summer season while north of the equator enters winter season.

rare events in santa fe in 2022: no blue moon and three black moons

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