Southern California Desert Video Astronomers
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
The Perseid Meteor Shower
Star Party & Campout
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
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.....
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA
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
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.
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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Last updated July 2, 2015