The skies above Puerto Peñasco are dark and clear, making it a great place for stargazing. April is a special time to visit for star enthusiasts, as the weather is dry and there is little light pollution.

The other night, one of my neighbors in Isla Del Mar told me they were going to go up to the roof deck and have a stargazing night. It instantly took me back to my childhood. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania in the middle of the country, and it was a wonderful thing to lay in the field and look at the amazing velvet sky with the thousands of stars above us. I decided it was the perfect time to write about stargazing in Puerto Peñasco.

**Stargazing in Puerto Peñasco**

The wide-open desert surrounding Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, offers an incredible setting for stargazing. Here’s what makes it so special:

Minimal Light Pollution:  Communities here are mindful of lighting, preserving the darkness needed for incredible views.

April 2024 Celestial Highlights: This month offers planetary alignments, potential meteor showers, and a full moon on April 23rd.

Solar Eclipse: Don’t miss the partial solar eclipse on April 8th! (Remember to protect your eyes with proper solar eclipse glasses)

Tips for Stargazing in Puerto Peñasco

1. Location: Escape city lights – head to beaches like Playa Mirador, and light pollution communities like Isla Del Mar.

2. Weather: Clear nights with low humidity are ideal.

3. Time It Right: Early evening, a few hours after sunset, and just before dawn offer the darkest skies, perfect for observing fainter objects.

4. Eye Adjustment: Let your eyes adjust to the dark for 15-20 minutes.

5. Avoid the Moon: Moonlight can outshine fainter stars. Consider stargazing a few days before or after the full moon on April 23rd for optimal darkness.

6. Comfort: Bring blankets and chairs, and in my opinion, a nice bottle of wine or cold beers.

7. Red Light: Use a red flashlight to preserve your night vision.

8. Stargazing Apps: Apps like Sky Map or Star Walk 2 help identify constellations and planets.

9. Binoculars/Telescope: Enhance your view tremendously.

10. Meteor Watching: Look away from the radiant point for the best chance of spotting streaks.

Things to See

1. Milky Way: Look for the hazy band of our galaxy.

2. Big Dipper: This iconic asterism points to the North Star.

3. Constellations: Find familiar patterns like Orion or Cassiopeia.

4. Venus: Spot the dazzling “Evening Star” in the west.

5. Shooting Stars: Watch for occasional streaks of light.

Beyond the Stars

Soundscape: I do think we have the best sound machine. Enjoy the desert and sea sounds while you gaze up, adding another layer to the experience.

Photography: Try long exposure shots of the stars.

Shared Experience: Invite others for a memorable night under the cosmos.  It makes for a magical and unforgettable shared experience.

Fun Star Fact: Did you know that the star Betelgeuse in the Orion constellation is so huge that if it replaced our sun, it would engulf all the planets inside Mercury’s orbit? That’s one giant star!

Don’t Forget: The Great North American Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Puerto Peñasco. Dubbed the great North American eclipse. A total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, casting a path of totality through Mexico, the central and northeastern United States, and eastern Canada. States like Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, Maine, and parts of Canada and Mexico will experience the awe-inspiring sight of the moon completely obscuring the sun. Meanwhile, Puerto Peñasco will witness a substantial partial solar eclipse. During this event, a portion of the sun will be covered by the moon, creating a unique celestial spectacle in the daylight sky.

Unfortunately, we will not be in the path of totality for the April 2024 total solar eclipse. However, we will experience a significant partial solar eclipse that is worth viewing.

Websites like have an interactive map designed to enhance the eclipse viewing experience. providing detailed information about the eclipse, including path maps and times for specific locations: Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection!

April 2024 is a fantastic time to look up in Puerto Peñasco! Let the beauty of the night sky amaze you.