skies for days

pure skies. bright skies. night skies.

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.

did you know?

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 2021 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°

6th
sun            ↑ 7:13 AM     ↓ 5:06 PM
moon        ↑ 12:06 AM   ↓ 12:11 PM
q3 
daylight     9h 52M

12th
sun            ↑ 7:13 AM    ↓ 5:11 PM
moon        ↑ 6:57 AM    ↓ 4:46 PM
new 
daylight    9h 58M

20th
sun            ↑ 7:10 AM      ↓ 5:19 PM
moon        ↑ 11:38 AM    ↓ n/a
q1
daylight    10h 8M

28th
sun            ↑ 7:06 AM   ↓ 5:27 PM
moon        ↓ 7:18 AM   ↑ 5:30 PM
full
daylight    10h 21M

sky show

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Quadrantid Predawn North Jan. 2-3 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°

4th
sun            ↑ 7:01 AM    ↓ 5:34 PM
moon        ↑ 12:14 AM   ↓ 11:21 AM
q3 
daylight    10h 33M

11th
sun            ↑ 6:54 AM   ↓ 5:41 PM
moon        ↑ 7:12 AM    ↓ 5:45 PM
new 
daylight    10h 47M

19th
sun            ↑ 6:46 AM     ↓ 5:49 PM
moon        12:33 AM     ↑ 11:05 AM
q1
daylight    11h 3M

27th
sun            ↑ 6:36 AM  ↓ 5:57 PM
moon        ↓ 7:10 AM  ↑ 6:37 PM
full
daylight    11h 20M

march

temp average
highs 58°
lows 31°

temp actual 2020
highest 63°
lowest 25°

5th
sun            ↑ 6:28 AM   ↓ 6:02 PM
moon        ↑ 12:26 AM   ↓ 10:41 AM
q3 
daylight    11h 34M

13th
sun            ↑ 6:17 AM  ↓ 6:09 PM
moon        ↑ 6:47 AM    ↓ 6:36 PM
new 
daylight    11h 52M

21st
sun            ↑ 7:06 AM    ↓ 7:16 PM
moon        ↓2:14 AM     ↑ 12:02 PM
q1
daylight    12h 10M

28th
sun            ↑ 6:56 AM ↓ 7:21 PM
moon        ↓ 7:11 AM  ↑ 7:35 PM
full
daylight    12h 25M

spring equinox

03.20.21

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°

4th
sun    ↑ 6:46 AM  ↓ 7:27 PM
moon ↑2:33 AM ↓12:18 PM
q3 
daylight    12h 41M

11th
sun     ↑ 6:37 AM ↓ 7:33 PM
moon ↑ 6:42 AM ↓ 7:23 PM
new 
daylight    12h 56M

20th
sun   ↑ 6:25 AM   ↓ 7:40 PM
moon ↓2:39 AM ↑12:40 PM
q1
daylight    13h 15M

26th
sun     ↑ 6:56 AM ↓ 7:21 PM
moon ↓ 7:11 AM ↑ 7:35 PM
full
daylight    12h 25M

special moon
26th
super full moon

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

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°

3rd
sun     ↑ 6:10 AM ↓ 7:51 PM
moon ↑2:10 AM ↓12:17 PM
q3 
daylight    13h 41M

11th
sun     ↑ 6:03 AM ↓ 7:57 PM
moon ↑ 6:06 AM ↓ 8:07 PM
new 
daylight    13h 55M

19th
sun    ↑ 5:56 AM  ↓ 8:04 PM
moon ↓1:57 AM ↑12:35 PM
q1
daylight    14h 7M

26th
sun     ↑ 5:52 AM ↓ 8:09 PM
moon ↓ 6:00 AM ↑ 8:52 PM
full
daylight    14h 17M

special moons
11th
mini new moon

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

26th
super full moon

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

26th
total lunar eclipse

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

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°

2nd
sun            ↑ 5:50 AM ↓ 8:14 PM
moon        ↑ 1:57 AM   ↓ 1:15 PM
q3 
daylight    14h 24M

10th
sun            ↑ 5:48 AM ↓ 8:18 PM
moon        ↑ 5:52 AM    ↓ 8:52 PM
new 
daylight    14h 30M

17th
sun            ↑ 5:48 AM ↓ 8:21 PM
moon        ↓1:05 AM     ↑ 12:35 PM
q1
daylight    14h 32M

24th
sun            ↑ 5:50 AM ↓ 8:22 PM
moon        ↓ 5:30 AM  ↑ 8:49 PM
full
daylight    14h 33M

summer solstice

06.20.21

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°

1st
sun     ↑ 5:52 AM ↓ 8:23 PM
moon ↑12:54 AM↓ 1:03 PM
q3 
daylight    14h 30M

9th
sun     ↑ 5:56 AM ↓ 8:21 PM
moon ↑ 5:23 AM ↓ 8:32 PM
new 
daylight    14h 25M

17th
sun     ↑ 6:01 AM ↓ 8:18 PM
moon↓12:37 AM ↑ 1:45 PM
q1
daylight    14h 17M

23rd
sun     ↑ 6:05 AM ↓ 8:15 PM
moon ↓ 5:19 AM ↑ 8:28 PM
full
daylight    14h 9M

31st
sun     ↑ 6:11 AM ↓ 8:09 PM
moon ↑12:13 AM ↓1:44 PM
q3 
daylight    13h 57M

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°

8th
sun            ↑ 6:18 AM ↓ 8:01 PM
moon        ↑ 6:11 AM   ↓ 8:36 PM
new 
daylight    13h 44M

15th
sun            ↑ 6:23 AM ↓ 7:53 PM
moon        ↑ 5:52 AM    ↓ 8:52 PM
q1 
daylight    13h 30M

22nd
sun            ↑ 6:28 AM ↓ 7:45 PM
moon        ↓6:27 AM     ↑ 8:23 PM
full
daylight    13h 17M

30th
sun            ↑ 6:34 AM ↓ 7:34 PM
moon        ↓ 2:26 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    13h 0M

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°

6th
sun            ↑ 6:40 AM ↓ 7:25 PM
moon        ↑ 6:06 AM   ↓ 7:42 PM
new 
daylight    12h 45M

13th
sun            ↑ 6:45 AM ↓ 7:15 PM
moon        ↑ 2:09 PM    ↓ 11:57 PM
q1 
daylight    12h 30M

20th
sun            ↑ 6:50 AM ↓ 7:04 PM
moon        ↓6:21 AM     ↑ 7:21 PM
full
daylight    12h 14M

28th
sun            ↑ 6:56 AM ↓ 6:53 PM
moon        ↓ 2:08 PM  ↑ 11:46 PM
q3
daylight    11h 57M

fall equinox

09.22.21

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°

6th
sun            ↑ 7:02 AM ↓ 6:41 PM
moon        ↑ 7:09 AM   ↓ 7:11 PM
new 
daylight    11h 39M

12th
sun            ↑ 7:07 AM ↓ 6:33 PM
moon        ↑ 2:10 PM    ↓ 11:50 PM
q1 
daylight    11h 26M

20th
sun            ↑ 7:14 AM ↓ 6:23 PM
moon        ↓7:11 AM     ↑ 6:42 PM
full
daylight    11h 9M

28th
sun            ↑ 7:21 AM ↓ 6:14 PM
moon        ↓ 2:23 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    10h 52M

sky shows

SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NOPER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Draconid Late evening NorthWest Oct. 9-10 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°

4th
sun     ↑ 7:28 AM ↓ 6:06 PM
moon ↑ 7:07 AM ↓ 6:13 PM
new 
daylight    10h 39M

11th
sun     ↑ 6:35 AM ↓ 5:00 PM
moon  ↑ 1:26 PM ↓ N/A
q1 
daylight    10h 26M

19th
sun     ↑ 6:43 AM ↓ 4:55 PM
moon  ↓6:58 AM ↑ 5:14 PM
full
daylight    10h 13M

27th
sun     ↑ 6:50 AM ↓ 4:52 PM
moon ↓ 1:05 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    10h 2M

special moons
4th
super new moon

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

19th
mini full moon

a full moon that appears smaller than normal due to the moon being farther away from earth

18-19th
partial lunar eclipse

a partial lunar eclipse occurs when the earth moves between the sun and the full moon, resulting in earth’s shadow partially covering the moon

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°

4th
sun     ↑ 6:57 AM ↓ 4:51 PM
moon ↑ 7:25 AM ↓ 5:17 PM
new 
daylight    9h 54M

10th
sun     ↑ 7:01 AM ↓ 4:51 PM
moon ↑12:32PM↓12:00AM
q1 
daylight    9h 50M

18th
sun     ↑ 7:07 AM ↓ 4:53 PM
moon ↓6:47 AM  ↑ 4:32 PM
full
daylight    9h 46M

26th
sun     ↑ 7:11 AM ↓ 4:57 PM
moon  ↓ 12:03 PM  ↑ N/A
q3
daylight    9h 46M

special moons
4th
super new moon

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

18th
mini full moon

a full moon that appears smaller than normal due to the moon being farther away from earth

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

12.21.21

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.

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