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.


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The World's First & Only Live Astronomy Theater.



Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!



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The Perseid Meteor Shower event returns again in August with the peak numbers of meteors occurring in the morning between August 11 and 13.

The Moon will be bright early on, but will set by the time the real shower is expected to happen.
This is a Camping event! This is a dark night astronomy event, too!
Doors to the theater open at 8:00 pm. on the 11th. and closes at Midnight.  If you plan on staying after the theater closes, camping fees are required.

Make your camping reservations early if you will be staying after Midnight.

Our best visual telescopes will be aimed at all kinds of summer deep sky wonders. As always we will do a tour of the constellations and tell stories about the fascinating tales connected to our Cosmic experience.

Since the Perseids will be happening all weekend, what better time to visit Joshua Tree and all that is available to enjoy. Camping with RV's can be reserved in advance with the campground. Tents or car camping need not reserve a space but check in and camping fees must be paid to the campground.

Second Saturday will be this same weekend and the Art community always hosts a plethora of events to take in. Music is another highlight with lots of local venues put on cool shows.

Besides night life, a drive in the National Park is another easy choice. There is a weekend filled with stuff to do. Camp out, stay up late, and check out the hopeful firestorm that is always possible at this special time.

Lots to see, more announced soon.
As always,
No Pets Please...
Bring comfy stuff and libations as you enjoy.
Dark happens about 9pm.
Five Dollars, please. $5.00 at the door...

For onling priceing & info go to

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for  August 2019

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


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



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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August begins as nightfalls with 2 bright planets as you can easily see Jupiter and Saturn  towards the southern sky. They stay out well into the night. Mercury, the innermost planet, makes it's debut as the morning darkness gives way to dawn. Mars and Venus are lost in the bright sun’s glare all month.

As the sky darkens, viewing for the Milky Way and Meteors will be spectacular views as we leave the New Moon of July 31st and head into the Moons first quarter on the 7th.  And at the end of the month with the New Moon once again on the 30th.

The Milky way almost appears like a long gray cloud arching from the south in Sagittarius to Northern horizon over head, the mass of stars of the Milky Way provides some great viewing for the next few months  The Milky Way is loaded with star clusters and nebulae. The Lagoon, Trifid Nebula can be seen there as well as many open and globular clusters.  

Aug. 11th - 13th The Perseids

People have already been seeing the remains of the Delta 
Aquarid meteors and the approaching of the Perseid meteors flying. Building up to a peak the evening of the 12th & 13th are the much anticipated Meteor shower.  The Moon sets around 02:27 am the morning of the 12th and at 03:16 on the 13th Perfect for viewing those early morning meteors. 

Best viewing time 1 a.m. to dawn when meteors peak.  with the possibility of 50-75 or more meteors an hour.  This display is due to debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862, the stray bits of rock burn up in our atmosphere creating a cosmic show.  The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24 so be sure to keep looking up all month long.

Where do I look to see the Perseid's? 
Look in the northeast where the constellation Perseus will be rising.


August 15th Full Moon

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year. This Full Moon known as the Corn Moon, Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon. 
It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.



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Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated August 2, 2019