The Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Southern California is offering nighttime astronomy talks by Dennis Mammana, an internationally acclaimed astronomer, author and sky photographer who leads astronomical tours all over the world.
The 90-site low desert resort, roughly 90 minutes from San Diego, is a popular winter nesting ground for snowbirds from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
“His [Mammana’s] talks are fantastic,” said Lynn Bryans, a retired accountant from Langley, British Columbia, who is spending the winter in a 28-foot motorhome at the Springs at Borrego Resort, located in Borrego Springs.
Bryans was among roughly 15 to 20 guests who attended Mammana’s Dec. 6 talk, titled “The Seven Wonders of the Heavens.” She said Mammana’s expertise and enthusiasm, combined with the clear desert nights make the astronomy presentations unlike any activity she has ever experienced at an RV resort.
The Springs at Borrego RV Resort charges $15 per person to attend Mammana’s talks. The price includes dinner, admission to Mammana’s talks as well as stargazing opportunities using several telescopes that Mammana and the resort make available for guest use.
Here are the topics and dates of Mammana’s upcoming talks. Each begins at 6:30 p.m.
An Encounter with the Red Planet: Sunday, Jan. 24
A close-up view of Mars, a world of massive volcanoes, meandering arroyos and whirling dust devils.
The Goddess of the Night: Sunday, Feb. 21
She has been known throughout the ages as Diana, Aphrodite and Isis, and inspired us in poetry, art, mythology, song and science. Guests will explore the many ways in which we are touched by the magical light of the moon and get a close-up look at its time-battered terrain.
In Search of Our Cosmic Roots: Sunday, March 7
All of the materials in our bodies were forged in stellar furnaces eons ago. Hear how the study of the universe takes us back in time in search of our own cosmic roots, and get a peak at some of the places where this occurs even today.
Saturn: Lord of the Rings: Sunday, april 4
Saturn is often regarded as the most stunning planet of our solar system. And now that it’s at this year’s closest point to us, it’s even more spectacular. See its rings and brightest moons and hear what we’ve learned from spacecraft orbiting nearby.
For more information about the astronomy talks, other resort activities and area attractions, visit www.springsatborrego.com or call (760) 767-0004.