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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Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


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Moon Phases for November 2018

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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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November Skies

The Planets

Mercury and Jupiter may be possible to spot in the early evening twilight as the Sun sets. Mars and Saturn will be visible in the evening all month. Venus aka The Morning Star, shines brightly in the east before daybreak, as it reaches it's greatest brilliancy around month end.

Nov. 4th  Turn Back Time & The Taurid Meteor Shower.

Before you go to bed Saturday Night (Nov. 3rd), don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour as Daylight Savings Time Ends.  

On the 4th, the Turids will reach its maximum rate of activity. Meteors are expected to be visible each night from October 20th to November 30th.

The Tuards occur when  Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of around 50 to 60 plus miles, and appear as shooting stars. The parent body responsible for creating the Taurid shower is 2P/Encke.

The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 10 per hour in a perfectly dark sky and that the radiant of the meteor shower is directly overhead from the constellation Taurus which is located just above Orions belt just before midnight. The Waning Crescent Moon will only be at 6% and does not rise until after 3:00 am on the 5th.  Great for viewing the night skies from a dark location.
For the best place to look is not directly at the radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 30–40° away from it. At this distance from the radiant the meteors should have nice long trails without being too spread out.

November 7th New Moon
With no light interference from the Moon at least, it makes for great star gazing as our winter sky approaches. 

November 11th Moon & Saturn Make a Close Approach.

The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 1°26' of each other. The Waxing Crescent Moon will be 16%. 

From Joshua Tree, the pair will become visible in the constellation Sagittarius at around 04:59 pm (Pacific Time) as the dusk sky fades, 25° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 2 minutes after the Sun at 7:43 pm.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.  Also, about the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension which is called a conjunction. 

November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. 

According to the Astronomy Calendar, The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. 

This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6th-30th. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight at 12:39 am in Joshua Tree, leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Nov. 22
- Happy Thanksgiving Under a Full Beaver Moon.

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. 

Moonrise is at 4:42 pm with the full phase occurring at 09:39 pm. In Joshua Tree. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the 
swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon.  



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Last updated November 01,  2018