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!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for February 2018

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

Congratulations to our Friend Wally Pacholka
Here's the official news from the Western Amateur Astronomers website,
Celebrating Wally Pacholka winning the prestigious
2018 Recipient of 
"The G. Bruce Blair Award"
For details go to


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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Feb 2nd. - Happy Ground Hog Day. 

According to a history of Groundhog Day in The Telegraph, "When German settlers arrived in the 1700's, they brought the celebration of Candlemas with them. German tradition holds that if the sun comes out on Candlemas, the hedgehog will see its shadow and six more weeks of winter will follow. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early. The German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition but used a groundhog rather than a hedgehog."
As it happens, he saw his shadow today meaning 6 more weeks of winter.  But I wouldn't worry, as his 
accuracy amounts to only about 39 percent.

                                                   Feb. 6th at 4:15 am

Be sure to check out the early morning sky in the West

Feb. 7th - Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

From Joshua Tree, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 1:30 am, when they rise 7° above the southeastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 6:00 am, 38° above your southern horizon. And then will be lost to the dawn's early twilight at around 6:28 am, in the southern horizon.

Feb. 9th - The Moon, Mars and the Asteroid Vesta.

According to, "Continuing its eastward passage through the pre-dawn planets, on the morning of Friday, February 9, the waning crescent moon will pass 4 degrees to the upper left of reddish Mars, above the constellation of Scorpius. Look for the pairing low in the southeastern sky between about 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. in your local time zone. Meanwhile, the major asteroid Vesta will be positioned only 1.5 degrees to the upper left of the moon."

Feb. 10th - Check out the Red Twins of the Morning 

The red planet Mars will share the eastern sky with the red star Antares in close proximity. Antares considered as the heart of the scorpion is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius, Antares name means "Rival of Mars". While almost exactly the same visual color and brightness as Mars.

Feb. 14th - Happy Valentines Day


                                         IC 1805, the Heart Nebula. 

IC 1805 lies some 7500 light years away, in the Perseus arm of the Galaxy. The loose open cluster Melotte 15 lies at the center of IC 1805. The nebula's gorgeous red color is driven by the radiation emanating Melotte 15. Only 1.5 million years old, this cluster contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the Sun's mass, and many more containing only a fraction of a solar mass.

   The "Heart and Soul" nebulae, IC 1805 and IC 1848.

The very brightest part of the Heart nebula is separately classified as NGC 896, and was the first part of this nebula to be discovered.

March 1st One of 2 Full Moons for the Month

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon. As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

On March 31st Another Full Blue.

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Last updated February 3,  2018