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

2016 Joshua Tree National Park
Night Sky Festival
Oct. 28th - 30th
A 100 Year Celebration of Our National Parks

Click on the above poster for schedule of events
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M110 and M32 captured with the HyperStar, This dwarf elliptical galaxy was discovered by Messier in 1773. Messier 110 is a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy.  Live deep space image as captured and projected onto the giant theater screen, by Leonard Holmberg aka. Telescope operator # 2.  
From our last event on October 1st. 

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Octobers Visible Planets 
About 30 minutes after sunset, that bright star you see low in the sky toward the west- southwest is Venus. 
Around October 6th, Mars can also be seen in the west -southwest skies just after dusk.  It can be found just passing through the top of the Teapot in Sagittarius.
Saturn can also be found just to the lower right of Mars and Antares just below it.

Later in the evening and with the assistance of a telescope Uranus and Neptune are up after dark in the east and southeast.

In the early morning hours, Mercury is low in the dawn sky. It looks like a star, very low due east.  Regulus is now above Mercury and a little to the right. Take a look about 40 minutes before sunrise.  Jupiter is hidden within the sunrise.


Oct. 6th Conjunction between the Moon & Saturn

The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 3°46' of each other.  They should first become visible around 6:35 pm PDT. and will set around 3 hours 6 minutes after the sun. 

According to the charts, the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.0, and Saturn at mag 0.3, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be easily visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.


October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower 
The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th.  A small meteor shower, producing about 10 meteors an hour, but what makes this one a bit different is that it is best viewed in the earlier evening hours as opposed to the early morning hours.
It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner,  first discovered in 1900.  The quarter moon will block the fainter meteors in the early evening, but will set shortly after midnight leaving darker skies for observing any lingering stragglers.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky away from city lights.


October 16 - Full Moon, Supermoon. 

1 of 3 Supermoons for the rest of 2016.  The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. 


Oct. 20th pm /21st am - Orionids Meteor Shower. 

The Orionids is a Fall favorite with an average shower of about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley. 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.  A quarter Waning Gibbous moon rises at 11:26 pm at 50.8% of full, which will block some of the fainter meteors this year, but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still be a good show. Be sure to check them out again on October 30th, the night of the New Moon.  Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


Moon Phases for October 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

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



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Why Not Make it an All Nighter Under the Starry Nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.

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Last updated October 5, 2016