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!

What's Happening


The Perseid Meteor Shower
Star Party & Campout
at the
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

Wednesday, August 12th
More details to follow shortly.
Make your camping reservations now.

At the height of the meteor watching season, the Perseid Meteor Shower claims the grand prize! This year, August 12 and 13 are listed as the best nights to view the shower and by nice coincidence has the benefit of a dark, near New Moon night for viewing! For these reasons, we are hosting an event aimed at the best chance to "SEE THE PERSEIDS"
We want to experience them, enjoy them and this is the best night for the peak number of potential "FIREBALLS"!

A full evening of astronomy! Music, with some classics from Beethoven, and please bring some you would like to hear? (Email us with requests)

Bring libation and comforts! A chaise lounge, camp cot, Camp out and make a night to enjoy the dark starry night in the Joshua Tree Desert.....


June 30 and July 1, 2015  Is when Venus and Jupiter will have the closest conjunction until August 27, 2016.

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June 30th Conjunction shortly after sunset in Joshua Tree.  The brighter of the 2 is Venus

July 1st Full Buck or Thunder Moon

Full Moon in Capricorn, Moon Rise at 7:40pm.


This is a Blue Moon Month.  This means there are 2 full moons this month. The first of two July 2015 full moons fall on July 2nd
at 2:20 Universal Time. Which is July 1st at 10:20 p.m. EDT, 9:20 p.m. CDT, 8:20 p.m. MDT or 7:20 p.m. PDT. So, for us in the U.S., the full moon happens on July 1st.  The second full moon of the month will come on July 31, 2015, known as a Blue Moon. 

The July Full Moon is referred to as The Full Buck Moon because it is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon. 

It lived up to its name here in the Morongo Basin as thunderstorms escorted in the 1st of July.

July 4th


July 6th The Heat is On.

The Planet Earth reaches its most distant point from the sun for 2015 on July 6, at 19:41 Universal Time. That’s 2:41 p.m. Central Daylight Time in the U.S. Astronomers call this Aphelion which comes from the Greek words apo meaning away, off, apart and Helios (for the Greek god of the sun). Apart from the sun. That’s us, today.

Then why is it so hot outside for us in the Northern Hemisphere?  Because the northern part of the Earth is tilted most toward the sun.  The opposite is true in the Southern Hemisphere.

                                                                      Photo credit: Nasa  The Sun 7-1-2015

Today, we’re about three million miles (five million kilometers) farther from the sun than we will be six months from now. That’s in contrast to our average distance from the sun of about 93 million miles (150 million km).

Looking for Earth’s exact distance from the sun at aphelion? It’s 94,506,507 miles (152,093,480 kilometers) It’s 94,506,462 miles. Last year, on July 4, 2014, the Earth at aphelion was a tiny bit closer, at 94,508,462 miles (152,097,408 km).

July 14 - New Horizons Arrives at Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Pluto after a nine and a half year
journey. Launched on January 19, 2006, this will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto.

New Horizons will give us our first close-
up views of the dwarf planet and its moons. After passing Pluto, the spacecraft will continue on to the Kuiper belt to examine some of the other icy bodies at the edge of the Solar System.

July 15th  New Moon in Cancer

Last week in July

The Delta Aquarid Meteor shower.  This shower peaks in late July and Radiates from Aquarius – unfortunately, it's under the light of the almost full waxing gibbous moon.  Next month we can look forward to the Perseid Shower that peaks August 11th & 12th with an early evening setting crescent moon.  It is set to be the best meteor shower of the summer.

July 31 - Full "Blue" Moon in Aquarius 

The second full moon of the month, known as a Blue Moon,  will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs 7:58pm.


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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for July 2015

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

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

                                                                                Inspired by a quote from JFK



The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event 
July 7-16

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:
January 11-20
February 9-18
March 11-20
April 9-18
May 9-18
June 8-17
July 7-16
August 5-14
September 3-12
October 3-12
November 2-11
December 2-11

For more info go to
Globe at Night

Book Your 2015 Events Now Under the Beautiful Joshua Tree Night Skies


For our next Star Party, 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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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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Upcoming Events




Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for July 2015

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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Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated July 2, 2015