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 Happening

Astronomy talk with Tom O'Key 
Live music with BELLSTARR,
Dana Larson
Sticky Doll 
Light Paintings and Energy Art by Atheena M. Romney 
Festival wear by Wish-Wear Fashion 
Taco and soup bar, meat and veggie options  
Send selfies into deep space 
Art contest 
Camping available  
Out of this world attire encouraged 
No pets please 
 $15 presale, $20 door, cash preferred 

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Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

Click below to take a journey.

Take a trip to our Astronomy Theater, live images captured and displayed on our giant screen. JTAAT a magical place for Concerts, Star Parties, Art Exhibits​, Weddings and Special Events. Special thanks to and Nasa.

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for Sept 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

"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.

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At the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground




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Upcoming Events



Beginning of Septembers Planetary Line Up
Mercury is getting brighter, from magnitude 3 to 0 this week.  

, with a magnitude 1.8, is passing Mercury in a very low glow of sunrise, well to the lower left of Venus. Regulus is also down there with them is you get out the binoculars.

, the morning star, shines bright in Cancer in the east before and during dawn. You can see Pollux and Castor, much fainter, high above it. Look for Procyon to Venus's upper right, and bright Sirius farther to the right or lower right of Procyon.

is in Virgo just above the west horizon during twilight and can be seen with Spica as they quickly set. 

is in Ophiuchus above Scorpius glowing in the south-southwest at dusk. Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn's lower right.

, in Pisces (magnitude 5.7) and Neptune in Aquarius (magnitude 7.8,) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, by late evening. 

September 1st
Near-Earth is Asteroid Florence. The 4.4-kilometer asteroid 3122 Florence is passing Earth at a very safe distance of 7 million km. It will remain about 9th magnitude in fine evening view for small telescopes for several days more.  The asteroid is traveling northward by nearly 10° per day, or 24 arcseconds per minute of time. That's fast enough to see fairly readily, especially when the asteroid is passing close to a background star. Watch for a change in the shape of the pattern it makes with the stars nearest to it.


                                                        photo credit Sky & Telescope

    Be sure to catch the last glimpses of Jupiter early this              month as the sunsets in the west this month

September 5th
Full Moon occurs exactly at 12:03 a.m. on the 6th PDT).

After dark this evening, look for the Great Square of Pegasus balancing on one corner far to the Moon's upper left. Its upper-right side points down toward the Moon. Overhead, Vega is taking over the role of zenith star (as seen from North-West latitudes).


This year known as the Full Corn Moon.  This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. But not this year as Octobers Full Moon occurs on the 5th.   In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

September 7th
A winter preview: Look to the East before the first light of dawn this week, and the sky displays the same starry winter sky as it does in the early evening of late January. Orion is heading up in the southeast, with Aldebaran and then the Pleiades high above it. Sirius and Canis Major can be seen just below Orion. The Gemini twins are lying on their sides well up in the east.

Sept. 15th Cassini's Swan Song
On the 15th, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. But this encounter will be like no other. This time, Cassini will dive into the planet's atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft's antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor.

                                                                      Photo Credit Nasa

Sept 22nd The Fall Equinox
The exact time here on the west coast is 1:02 P.M. PDT.
There are two equinoxes every year, September and March, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.
Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered the first day of fall.
In the Southern Hemisphere, it is known as the vernal (spring) equinox and marks the first day of spring.

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Last updated September 2.  2017