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!

Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

The World's First & Only Live Astronomy Theater.

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



What's Happening

Ode to Dark

October 24th, 7:00 pm.
A Visual Night Sky Experience
FREE EVENT Festival seating Bring your own libation and whatever else you may need to be comfy and cozy.
2014 Art Tours Have Arrived

Saturday, October 25th from 6pm - 11pm at the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater.
Starry Nights - The Cosmos & us
A Unique Experiment in visual participatory art
Focusing on the "Art of The Night"
Bring your camera & capture the Cosmos and you.
Food & Libation available for purchase.
$10 Cover Charge.
Bring a camp chair & Relax under the Starry Skies of Joshua Tree


Halloween Party
October 31st 7pm - Midnight
Planet Vinyl
Bring your favorite
33 or 45
Food, Beer, Wine Admission $5.00


What You May Have Missed

2nd in a series of 4 events

                                       Photo Credit: Valeree Woodard

Click HERE
to see more photos or the Blood Moon Event of October 7/8
on the JTAAT Facebook page.


18th Annual
Starry Nights Festival
Was a Great Success!

                                                          Swan Nebula - Photo by Valeree Woodard    

                                The Milky Way photo credit: Jessica Chortkoff Brecker Photos

A short film of the 18th Annual Starry Nights Festival by Jessica Chortkoff Becker

Click HERE
to see more photos of this event on the JTAAT Facebook page


Thank You to those who made
Premiere Screening
Such a success. 
Thank You for your support on this important issue.


Click HERE
To check out the photos on the JTAAT Facebook Page


For our next Star Party Event, To Be Announced
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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 The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event October 14 - 23

For more info go to
Globe at Night


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What's Up!
In our night skies




Check out the 
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
Meetup site
for further & future details
Upcoming Events

Check out Dave Fuller's weekly sky reports,
Along with his very informative website.


This Week
Eyes on the Sky October 20th - October 26th 2014

Here's information about the partial solar eclipse visible in North America on October 23, 2014. Learn what a solar eclipse is (as opposed to a lunar eclipse), information on some of the best places to see it, and where you can find additional information about both safe solar observing.

Enjoy the Night Sky and remember . . . . .
Take some time to peak at the night sky,
 Look Up To See What's Up!


October Skies 


First Week of October

As the summer sky goes away into the sunset and the fall and winter sky starts to emerge.  In the early evening in the Northwest, just to the left of the Big Dipper's handle is Arcturus in the constellation Bootis.  Arcturus is the 4th brightest star in the northern hemisphere following only Sirius, Canopus and Alpha Centauri.

Arcturus means "Bear Watcher" as it follows the Great Bear, Ursa Major (Big Dipper) around the pole.  The Greek word for bear is "arktos", from which our word "artic" is also derived, in reference to the northern polar constellations of the Greater and Lesser Bears.




A great week for the early bird planet and constellation observing.  The pre dawn hour is later each day and the brightest star is Sirius in the southern sky.



October 7/8 - Full Blood Moon in Pisces

As Pisces is heading towards opposition on October 7th, the Full Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will occur.  

The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 10:51 UTC.


This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia.


October 8 - 9 The Draconids Meteor Shower.

The Draconids are a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the night of the 8th and the morning of the 9th.

Unfortunately the glare from the full moon this year will block out all but the brightest meteors. If you are extremely patient, you may be able to catch a few good ones. During the eclipse of the Blood Moon.  The best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


October 22, 23 -  The Orionids Meteor Shower

Hooray!  Finally a meteor shower during the New Moon.

The Orionids are an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. 

The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. This will be an excellent year for the Orionids because there will be no moon to interfere with the show. The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. 

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  Since the Taurids Peak on November 5th & 6th, we may get a pretty go show.

October 23rd

Partial Solar Eclipse, Visable to North America.

This eclipse is almost exclusively visible on land from North America. 
For California 
  • The Solar eclipse begins Approx: 1:52 p.m. PDT
  • Greatest eclipse: 4:34 p.m. PDT
  • Solar eclipse ends: 17:44 (5:44 p.m.) PDT
  • Maximum obscuration of solar disk approx: 45%.
43% from San Diego and 66% from Vancouver.  The further north, the further the obscuration.

Eye safety is of the utmost importance in observing this solar eclipse, or else you risk eye injury or blindness. Find out if an astronomy club or observatory near you is hosting a public viewing of this eclipse.  At the Joshua Tree Astronomy Theater we will have solar scopes available and solar glasses available to purchase for $1

                   Photo from the May 2012 solar eclipse

October 31st



Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for October 2014

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P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated October 20, 2014