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!

What's Happening



October 2nd
After dark, look just above the northeast horizon below Cassiopeia, you will see a  bright Capella on the rise.  The farther north you are, the sooner and higher it will rise. 

October 5th

Looking low in the southeast at nightfall is Fomalhaut coming up. It passes highest in the south about 11 p.m.  

October  6th
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is still magnitude 6.2 a week past its opposition. Easily seen using binoculars in western Cetus, especially now that the Moon has gone. Uranus, magnitude 5.7, is also nearby, but still requires a powerful telescope to view.

October 7th
The early dawn of Thursday morning, see the crescent Moon and a bright Venus, and fainter Regulus form a triangle in the eastern sky,  Jupiter and fainter Mars are down to their lower left. 

Looking East at 5:00 am.

October 8th  
The Draconid meteor shower may or may not show up this evening. The shower has occasionally been quite active in recent years.

Looking North just before midnight

October 11th
Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

October 16th 
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 18.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. 

October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower. 
The Orionids are an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for what should be a good show. The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Looking towards the South East at 1:00 am.

October 26th 
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will take place on October 26. The two brightest planets will be visible within 1 degree of each other in the early morning sky. Look to the east just before sunrise for this impressive planetary pair


Pre dawn view at 5:00 in the morning 

October 27th
 Final Full Super Moon of the Year.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known as the Travel Moon and the Blood Moon. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2015. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. It will be 99.8% full.

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Moon Phases for October 2015

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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



The Globe at Night campaign of
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October 3-12

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:
January 11-20
February 9-18
March 11-20
April 9-18
May 9-18
June 8-17
July 7-16
August 5-14
September 3-12
October 3-12
November 2-11
December 2-11

For more info go to
Globe at Night

Book Your 2015 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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Last updated October 02, 2015