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!

Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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




What's Happening?

Thank You to those who made
Premiere Screening
Such a success.


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To check out the photos on the JTAAT Facebook Page


For our next Star Party Event, To Be Announced
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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   18th Annual
Starry Nights Festival


 The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event September 15 - 24

For more info go to
Globe at Night


Contact us at:

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What's Up!
In our night skies




Check out the 
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
Meetup site
for further & future details
Upcoming Events

Check out Dave Fuller's weekly sky reports,
Along with his very informative website.


This Week
Eyes on the Sky for September 15th  thru September 21st, 2014

The Wolf-Rayet Star #133 in Cygnus plus NGC 6871 Find out what & where a Wolf-Rayet Star is found plus locating a unique Variable Star in the same Constellation Cygnus, The Swan!

Enjoy the Night Sky and remember . . . . .
Take some time to peak at the night sky,
 Look Up To See What's Up!


September Skies

First Week of September

On the evening of the 1st, a large waxing crescent moon  forges eastward past the planets Mars and Saturn in the sky, and is  headed to Antares, which is the brightest and red star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Antares, the heart of the Scorpion.


A great week for early bird planet and constellation observing.  Orion is rising about and hour before dawn in the southeast.  Venus is low in the eastern sky, rising just before the sun.



The Planets.
Mars is now  rapidly fading in brightness as it moves towards the far side of the sun.  Jupiter is low in the morning sky in the constellation Cancer.  Saturn, in Libra, is low in the WSW evening twilight sky, setting in mid evening.  Uranus is rising in mid-evening in the constellation Pisces, heading towards opposition on October 7.   Neptune was in opposition on the August 29th in Aquarius, so is visible all night long. 


Sept. 8th, Full Harvest Moon

Occurs at 6:38 p.m Pacific Time.  According to the Farmers Almanac, this full moon’s name; Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon, is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October.

At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.



Sept. 22nd.  September Equinox

Occurs at 7:29 p.m. PDT. The sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward.

12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.  Is the reason it's called an "equinox", derived from Latin, meaning "equal night". However, even if this is widely accepted, it isn't entirely true. In reality equinoxes don't have exactly 12 hours of daylight.

September 23rd New Moon 

Occurring at 11:14 p.m. PDT.  This means, the moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun.  Perfect night for star gazing and seeing some shooting stars that are leading the way for the 2 meteor showers in October.


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for September 2014

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Last updated September 15, 2014