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!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



February 2nd Ground Hog Day
Who would have thought that a Ground Hog could be a meteorologist.  According to AccuWeather, the groundhog is a better than average predictor, with an 80 percent accuracy rate.

                              He saw his shadow
                 There will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Check out the sky in the southwest at dust and just after dark.  
Use the moon to find Mars and Venus because the lit side of the moon points toward them.  Venus is located just below the moon and is the second brightest celestial object to grace the night sky after the moon.  As for Mars, it is nowhere as bright as Venus. But once darkness sets in, you should be able to see the red planet Mars out a short distance above Venus, in line with Venus and the moon.


February 6, 2017 – Jupiter Begins it's Retrograde.

It is said to appear stationary in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden. It also means the best time for watching Jupiter is approaching!

Jupiter doesn’t rise into the eastern sky till late night, especially at northerly latitudes, so you may want to view it in the predawn/dawn sky.
Jupiter will be rising earlier and earlier by the day, and will be the center of attention for evening viewing in another month or so. On April 7, 2017 Jupiter will be at opposition, and out all night long, from dusk till 


February 10th - Full Moon - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 

Know by Native Americans as the Full Snow Moon. According to the Farmers Almanac: Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

The eclipse will last from 14:35 until 18:54, and maximum eclipse will occur at 16:45 ( Los Angeles time).


Like other lunar eclipses, penumbral eclipses occur whenever the Earth passes between the Moon and Sun, such that it obscures the Sun's light and casts a shadow onto the Moon's surface.

Unlike other kinds of eclipses, they are extremely subtle events to observe.  In a penumbral eclipse the Moon passes through an outer region of the Earth's shadow called the penumbra. This is the outer part of the Earth's shadow. As a result, the Moon's brightness will begin to dim, as it is less strongly illuminated by the Sun, but the whole of the Sun's disk will remain illuminated to some degree and is only perceptible to those with very astute vision.

February 15th - The Moon & Jupiter Get Close.

The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 22:32 PST, when they rise in the eastern horizon.  They will disappear with dawns early light at around 06:20, in the southwestern horizon.


February 20th -55 Years Ago Today

John Glenn first American in orbit the Earth in 1962

Moon Phases for February 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



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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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Last updated February 02, 2017