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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The World's First & Only Live Astronomy Theater.



Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


What's Next........

Sunday, August 12th
Join us for the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower 2018
New Moon Star Gazing Meteor Shower Event
$5.00 please
(Does not include camping fees.)
No pets please
Drive slow to keep dust low please
Bring your comfy stuff etc.
Kids welcome

Make it an all nighter and camp out under the warm desert night skies.  
Make your camping reservations now. 
Go to

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for August 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


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.

 Make your camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground




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August Skies

Mars is still the gem of the night sky.

Great Photo by Michael Roemelen of The Coachella Valley Astronomy and Astrophotography

For the early risers, look east just at dawn and Orion the hunter appears on the horizon holding up his shield located just below Taurus the Bull.  Taurus can easily be found as the firery red eye of the Bull, Aldebaran can be seen.  It is said, that Orion is sometimes called the ghost of the summer dawn.

August 11th - The New Moon
With no Moon light, the New Moon makes it perfect for star gazing. 

August 12/13 The Perseids Meteor Shower. 
Good news for dark sky areas as the Moon will be a thin Waxing Crescent of only 5%, so it will provide little interference. At the shower's peak you might see a few dozen meteors per hour.

The peak of the meteor shower is expected to occur the evening of August 12th and the dark early morning hours of the 13th.  Touted to be the best shower of the year, with 60 to 80 meteors an hour possible.  Left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle,  the stray bits of rock burn up in our atmosphere creating a cosmic show.  Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night all the way to August 20th.

Where do I look to see the Perseid's? 
Look late in the evening in the northeast where the constellation Perseus will be rising.  The darker the night skies the better.

Aug. 17th - The Moon & Jupiter Make for a Close Encounter
From Joshua Tree, the pair will become visible at around 7:45 pm. (PDT) as the dusk sky fades into night.  Look 33° above your south-western horizon, as the Waxing Gibbous Moon and Jupiter settle into the horizon and setting 3 hours and 44 minutes after the Sun at 11:11 pm

August 18th - First Quarter Moon
54.9% will be bright

August 21st - Another Close Encounter Saturn and the Moon
From Joshua Tree, the pair will make their appearance in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 7:39 pm (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, in the southern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 8:54, 33° above the southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:07 am, as they sink into south-western horizon.

The bright Waxing Gibbous Moon and Saturn will be both in the constellation Sagittarius at their closest point. The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be easily visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension, known as a conjunction.

August 26th - Full Moon
The August full Moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon. Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.


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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
Upcoming Events

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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.



Go to Photos & Events Link
to see pictures  of what we've been up to.


Please Help Support our efforts. To contribute, click the link below.

Or mail your Contributions to

P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

Thank you for your support

Note:  non tax deductible

Last updated August 3,  2018