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!

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                          EYE ON THE SKY

February 2nd - Happy Ground Hog Day

           He did not see his shadow, so there will be an early Spring

February 4 -  Moon and Venus

Venus is the bright “morning star,” shining low in the southeast sky at first light. Tomorrow, it will be to the lower left of the Moon. The fainter planet Mercury is closer to the lower left of Venus, but you may need binoculars to spot it.

February 6 - Lepus The Rabbit
Lepus can be seen just below the feet of  Orion, which is in the southeast as darkness falls. Lepus contains only a few moderately bright stars, but their proximity to Orion makes them easier to pick out. A favorite Spring constellation as Easter approaches.

                9:00pm PST at the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

February 7th. Chinese New Year Eve

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey is on February 8, 2016 – the second New Moon after the Solstice. Following 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat. 


Xin Nian Kuai Le ~ ???? 
Gong Hey Fat Choy ~ ????  
Xing Ni Ju Yi ~ ????

However you say it 

February 8th  - New Moon. 
The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky.  This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

February 9th  Sirius
Is the brightest star in the night sky, shining like  a white diamond in the constellation of Canis Major, the big dog. It can be seen fairly high in the south around 9 p.m. In ancient Egypt it represented Isis, the wife of Osiris, god of the dead.

February 14th Valentines Day

The Heart Nebula (IC 1805) lies about 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

February 22nd Full Moon
The full Moon of February is known as the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, 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.

February 29th Leap Day 
This is something we haven't seen in four years, February 29th.

A leap year is a year with 366 days, instead of the usual 365. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of a year is 365.242 days, not 365 days, as commonly stated. Basically, leap years occur every 4 years, and years that are evenly divisible by 4 (2004, for example) have 366 days. This extra day is added to the calendar on February 29th.

Julius Caesar was the Father of Leap Year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. Julius Caesar decided to simplify things and added days to different months of the year to create the 365 day calendar, the actual calculation was made by Caesar's astronomer, Sosigenes. Every fourth year following the 28th day of Februarius (February 29th) one day was to be added, making every fourth year a leap year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII further refined the calendar with the rule that leap day would occur in any year divisible by 4. Therefore, 1700, 1800, 1900 were not leap years, and 2100 will not be a leap year. But 1600 and 2000 were leap years, because those year numbers are evenly divisible by 400. 

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for February 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 February 2, 2016