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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The Last Full Blood Moon of the Tetrad Lunar Eclipse
at the
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

Sunday, September 27th
6:00pm ~ 11:00 pm
Admission $5
(does not include camping)

Make it an all nighter
Make your camping reservations now.

Bring libation and comforts! A chaise lounge, camp cot, Camp out and make a night to enjoy the  starry night in the Joshua Tree Desert.....


September 1st Best time to observe Neptune.

The fourth-largest planet in the solar system is so far away that you need a telescope to find it. Neptune is at its best appearance in late August and early September.

September 2nd Summer Triangle reaches Zenith

Two points of the Summer Triangle will crown the sky tonight. Depending on your latitude, they can pass at or quite close to the zenith, the point directly overhead. Vega is up first, in the early evening, followed by Deneb a couple of hours later.


September 5th

With the Fall skies comes Capricornus
Capricornus, the sea-goat, crawls low across the south on September evenings. It is depicted as the head and body of a goat with the tail of a fish. To modern eyes, though, it’s a wide, narrow triangle, with the longest line at the top.

Also in September:
Cassiopeia, the Queen can be found in the northeast shortly after sunset on September evenings. Easy to find, this constellation has the distinctive shape of a W, or M, depending on the time of night you see it. The shape of this constellation makes Cassiopeia’s stars very noticeable. Look for the Queen, starting at nightfall or early evening, or before the waning gibbous moon rises.  

Cassiopeia is a fall constellation and occupies an area between the north celestial pole and the constellation Andromeda. 

Cassiopeia is opposite the pole from Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and it lies along the rich northern Milky Way. For observers in the Northern Hemisphere, it can be seen throughout the year. However, Cassiopeia is highest in the sky during the late summer and fall. 

Cassiopeia belongs to the Perseus family of constellations, along with Andromeda, Auriga, Cepheus, Cetus, Lacerta, Pegasus, Perseus, and Triangulum.

A Little History and Mythology

Cassiopeia was the wife of the ancient King Cepheus of Ethiopia. Cassiopeia is said to have insulted the Nereids (sea nymphs) by boasting that she was more beautiful than they. The Nereids appealed to Poseidon, who then sent a giant whale (Cetus) to ravage the coast of King Cepheus' kingdom.

Cassiopeia and Cepheus sought the help of the oracles, who told them to sacrifice their only daughter, Andromeda, to the whale. With great despair, they had Andromeda chained to the rock for the whale to find. However, at the last minute, Andromeda was saved by Perseus, the hero, on his way home from slaying Medusa.


Sept. 27th

Total Lunar  Eclipse of the Super Blood Moon
There is a total eclipse of the moon on the night of September 27-28, 2015. It will also be the closest supermoon of 2015. 

It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon, and is a full moon nearest the September equinox, which also means that sometimes the heavens moon falls in October. This will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first full moon of spring.

This September full moon is also called a Blood Moon, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar Tetrad: Four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart and all have fallen on important Jewish observations. Wow!

The Best times to watch for our U.S. time zones, places the exact time of full moon on: 
September 27 at 10:51 p.m. EDT,
9:51 p.m CDT,
8:51 p.m. MDT
7:51 p.m. PDT.

At that time, the Moon will be totally submerged in the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for September 2015

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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



The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event 
September 3-12

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:
January 11-20
February 9-18
March 11-20
April 9-18
May 9-18
June 8-17
July 7-16
August 5-14
September 3-12
October 3-12
November 2-11
December 2-11

For more info go to
Globe at Night

Book Your 2015 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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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for September 2015

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Last updated September 1, 2015