Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

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Our Mission.............................
To educate & promote astronomy in order to preserve the dark skies of the California Desert and everywhere for future generations.

SCDVA, moving the line for dark skies





Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  


December Skies

December 3rd

Check Out the Moon and Venus
The Moon and the planet Venus, aka "The Evening Star" create a beautiful pairing in the early evening sky tonight.

Venus can be seen shortly after sunset just below  the Moon. Be sure to catch them early as they set by about 8 p.m.


Dec. 13th - The Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon 

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. 

The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun. Full Moon occurs at 7:05 pm. (EST)

December 13–14 - Geminid meteor Shower

Sadly the Geminids peak during the Full Moon so viewing will be sparse.  Unlike most meteor showers that start after midnight, the Geminids lasts all night after dark, radiating from the North-East from the constellation at about 75 per hour.

                                                         Meteor shower by Channone Arif wikimedia commons

December 21st - Winter Solstice

The winter solstice (first day of winter) occurs on Wednesday, December 21 at 2:44 A.M. (PST).



December 31st.  HAPPY NEW YEAR


Moon Phases for December 2016

January moon, February moon, March moon, April moon, May moon, June moon, July moon, August moon, September moon, October moon, November moon, December Moon

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SCDVA, Official IDA Chapter Serving The High Desert Region
San Bernardino County


IDA International Dark Sky Association

"Ask not what dark skies can do for you, rather,
Ask what you can do for dark skies."

                                                                                Inspired by a quote from JFK



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Book Your Fun Events Now Under the Beautiful Joshua Tree Night Skies


For our next Star Party or Event
Why Not Make it an All Nighter Under the Starry Nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.

 Make your camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground




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Last updated December 02, 2016