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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What's Next

The Lexis of Luna
The show celebrates an incredibly rare event that hasn't happened in many years. A "Super Blue Moon Total Eclipse"

We are breaking out some brand new gear for the first time to share live views of Luna in HD giant screen projected images.

More will be happening, too,as the fire barrel will be taking away the chill, and our surround stereo will be playing some soothing sounds of the night.

Why is this show called what it's called?

The Lexis of Lovely Luna is the title of this show because there are so many ways to describe this rare and momentous time for our Lovely Luna. Selene as she is often called, only adds to the names that she can go by on the night of January 31st, 2018. In fact, this is the largest number of appropriate names that have been lined up describing our Moon in over a century.

First, this full Moon will be the second Full Moon falling within the same calendar month which makes her a "Full Blue Moon" on this night. Second, she's a "Super Moon" because she's as close to Earth as she gets in this Luna Cycle which is called Perigee. Next, the season brings the traditional indigenous name and this is the Full Snow Moon. Lastly, and as a real bonus, Luna will be waltzing with the Sun and the Earth as a Total Lunar Eclipse will take place in the late AM night hours of February first!

The Eclipse won't begin until the wee hours, but for the Western United States, this "Super Blue Moon Eclipse" last happened 150 years ago! So, a very rare, once in a lifetime event that makes for an additional reason to call this event the "Lexis of Lovely Luna" as the many ways to describe the Moon includes this rare and eventful arrangement of seldomly assembled words. On top of that, the Blood Moon name will also apply as it is often commonly called a "Blood Moon" when the red tone she turns when totality takes place as the red colors of sunlight from Earth's sunsets and sunrises paints Luna with a glow of crimson that highlights her warmth and charm that will create the peek event of the night!

Indeed, the "Super Blue Moon Eclipse" is rare and to experience it, getting up super early may be best and that's why we will end the star party a bit early.

$5.00 at the door for an evening of astronomy fun.
No pets please as this is a people only event.
Bring your warm comfy stuff so you're comfortable.
Libation and other stuff is cool.
Please drive slowly in the campground to keep dust down. No big hurry is needed as the sky isn't going away..
See you at the under the Joshua Tree Stars!



Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for January 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

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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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January SKIES


The Planetary lineup for January

Venus transitions from morning to evening sky: You might have to wait until February or March 2018 to catch Venus in the west after sunset. In February 2018, Venus will set only a short while after the sun.

Jupiter lights up predawn/dawn sky with Mars nearby: Look for Mars (and Jupiter) to rise in the east several hours before the first stirrings of morning twilight. Mars and Jupiter are the only naked-eye planets to grace the predawn sky all month long (although Mercury and Saturn play peekaboo at and around dawn). Mars starts out the month about 3o above the king planet Jupiter. (For reference, one finger-width at an arm length spans about 2o of sky.) The gap between Mars and Jupiter will quickly close as the two worlds meet up for a conjunction on January 7, 2018.

It’s best to look for Mars before dawn (approximately one and one-half hours before sunrise) because this ruddy gem is only modestly bright right now. Mars is nowhere as brilliant as Jupiter, which outshines Mars by about 20 times in early January. Jupiter is even visible in a twilight sky.

Saturn climbs out of the sunrise glare: Saturn transitioned out of the evening sky and into the morning sky on the December solstice, and might not be seen in the morning sky until the Mercury and Saturn conjunction on January 13, 2018.

Mercury lights up morning sky: After their conjunction on the 13th, Mercury will sink toward the sunrise whereas Saturn will climb away from the glare of morning twilight. By February, Saturn will be easy to see in the predawn sky, whereas Mercury will have disappeared from view.

January 1st of 2 Full Supermoons this month

This will be the first of 2 consecutive full moon Supermoons, to occur in January, which means the second full Supermoon in January will also be a Blue Supermoon climaxing with a total lunar eclipse! And to make things even more strange there will be no full Moon in February.


January 3rd The Quadrantids Meteor Shower.

The 2018 Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to exhibit its narrow peak January 3rd.  Unfortunately, the full supermoon was 2 days prior, and moonlight will interfere with the shower.

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky, their peak is extremely narrow.

The Quadrantids are thought to be made up of the dust and debris left by asteroid 2003 EH1, which NASA now describe as possibly a “dead comet”. 

NASA said: “Unlike most meteor showers which originate from comets the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid: asteroid 2003 EH1.

“Asteroid 2003 EH1 takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. It is possible that 2003 EH is a 'dead comet' or a new kind of object being discussed by astronomers called a 'rock comet.’"

Astronomer and research scientist Peter Jenniskens is credited with first realising that 2003 EH1 is the source of Quadrantid meteors.

The Quadrantids will radiate just below the handle of the Big Dipper.  

January 17 - New Moon.

The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 02:17 UTC. 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.

January 31st Full Blue Moon & Lunar Eclipse 8:27 am Which is the second full moon for January. 

If there was a Full Moon in February it would be known to native Americans as a Full Snow Moon since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

March 1st
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.

March 31st Another Full Blue Moon 8:37 am

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Last updated January 01,  2018