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.

Big News Folks!


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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  



Moon Phases for November 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

"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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Nov 3rd. Full Moon
According to the Farmers Almanac the November moon is known as the Full Beaver Moon.  This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.


NOVEMBER 4TH Daylight Saving Time Ends 


Nov. 4th Taurid Meteor Shower Peaks

The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 10 per hour.Unfortunately all but the brightest meteors will be dimmed by the near full moon.  Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night to 30 November.

Nov. 9th The Moon and M44 make a Close Approach.

They will be passing within 2°38' of each other.  M 44, The Beehive Cluster, also known as Praesepe   is an open 
cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to the Solar System, and it contains a larger star population than most other nearby clusters. Under dark skies the Beehive Cluster looks like a nebulous object to the naked eye; thus it has been known since ancient times.

Nov. 13th Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. 

Hers is another great view for the early risers. The spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the early morning sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.3 degrees apart. Look for this  pairing in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.


Nov. 14th The Close Approach of Mars & the Moon 

A 13% waning crescent fingernail view of the moon will be passing within 3°00' of Mars. From Joshua Tree, the pair will be visible in the pre dawn sky, rising at about 03:26 (PDT) above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:00.


Nov. 17/18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. 

The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo  but, can can be seen anywhere in the sky. 

This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. 

The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and early and morning of the 18th. Because of a new moon viewing should be excellent and the sky dark enough for a good show. 
Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. 


NOV. 23rd


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Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated November 16,  2017