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.





Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Here is What You Missed at our Last Event as we
Celebrated NASA's discovery of Life on other Worlds!

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L.A Times 
 Our Event
Click on the 2 Photos below to see the full story by L.A. Times Reporter
Louis Sahagun

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Team Member Frank Schneider getting the 12.5" Dobsonian set up

Leonard Holmberg Captures the Orion Nebula

Crowd keeping a look out for meteors during the Lyrid meteor shower.

~~~~ For  Future Events ~~~

You may want to stay all night under the starry nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.
 Make your RV & Camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake 
RV & Campground

Moon Phases for April 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

April Skies

April 22nd:
  • Earth Day
  • March for Science
  • International Dark Sky Week Begins
  • Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks 22nd /23rd
Join us and the Andromeda Society, at the Yucca Valley Community Center as we will be there with our solar Telescope looking at the sun.

                              Google MARCH FOR SCIENCE
                 to participate in events being held in your area

The evening of April 22nd and the early pre-dawn hours of the 23rd is the time to be looking up at the night sky for the Lyrids Meteor Shower.

The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The crescent moon should not be too much of a problem this year. Skies should still be dark enough for a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Starting April 22nd thru 28th, join the International Dark-Sky Association for seven days of celebration, learning and action!


Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin Saturday, April 22nd, and runs through Friday, April 28th.
Click here to participate go to:

Click the link below for 5 Ways to celebrate Dark Sky Week

April 29th Astronomy Day

April 29 is International Astronomy Day. Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," and on this day astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can find out about special local events by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium. You can also find more about Astronomy Day by checking the Web site for the Astronomical League.


FREE Astronomy Day Handbook to plan events by David Levy

Astronomy Day Handbook 7th edition pdf download 

"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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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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for further & future details
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to see pictures  of what we've been up to.


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Or mail your Contributions to

P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated April 26, 2017