Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

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Our Mission.............................
" To share our abilities with astronomy in order to preserve dark starry night skies and a vibrant healthy environment in the California Desert and everywhere else on our Planet for future generations! "

SCDVA, moving the line for dark skies and environmental awareness.





Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

Click below to take a journey.

Take a trip to our Astronomy Theater, live images captured and displayed on our giant screen. JTAAT a magical place for Concerts, Star Parties, Art Exhibits​, Weddings and Special Events. Special thanks to and Nasa.

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



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Sounds of Life Innate Vibrations Featuring

Clive Wright

And the Fabulous Photography of
Liz & Rich

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You may want to stay all night under the starry nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.
 Make your RV & Camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake 
RV & Campground

Moon Phases for June 2017

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

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

June Skies

As daylight gets longer and night light gets shorter, the summer skies are upon us.
Two bright planets shine bright in the evening sky. Looking south, you will see Jupiter about halfway from the horizon to overhead. To its lower left, separated by the width of your clenched fist held at arm’s length, is Spica, a brighter star, but only about one tenth as bright as Jupiter.
Moving towards the southeast,  is another bright planet, Saturn, which will be opposition to the Sun on June 14th. On that day, it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. To Saturn's upper right is Antares, the red beating heart of the giant constellation Scorpius.

June 3rd
A double shadow-transit occurs on Jupiter tonight. From 07:22 p.m. to 09:22 P.m. PDT, both Io and larger Ganymede are casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter's face. And a bit later,  Jupiter's Great Red Spot transits the planet's central meridian around 09:55 p.m. PDT  A great night to get out the telescope.


                                  10 pm 6-3

June 9th - Full Strawberry Moon

According to the Farmers Almanac, Junes full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.


June 18th

June 21st Summer Solstice

The June solstice occurs at 04:24 UTC. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

June 23rd - New Moon

A perfect evening for star gazing to see the more faint galaxies and star clusters, as the night will be dark because the moon will not be visible in the night sky.

Another highlight of summer sky, is the Summer Triangle asterism rising in the east in June and July evenings. It’s a large star pattern made of 3 bright stars in 3 separate constellations, Cygnus (The Swan), Lyra (The Harp) and Aquila (The Eagle).

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

                                                                                Inspired by a quote from JFK



Click the above image to see amazing live views of our earth

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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P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated June 2, 2017