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.





Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



SCDVA astronomy sets the backdrop for an evening of alluring improvisational ambient music overlaid upon the impedive modulations of plant metabolic behavior. The music develops as composer musician

Clive Wright works his magic guitar, while The Haggards pull bio-rhythmic vibrations from the leaves of singing plants. Coupled with these sounds of invention, the vibrant visual imagery of Liz and

Rich Photography will be projected on the stage, illuminating the theme of the show, the Sounds of Life.
SCDVA will be Laser*Casting © the entire event to an undecided deep space location. 
A special feature for the evening comes from the collaborative inclusion of visual imagery presented by Liz and Rich Photography with an exhibition of their photographic prints displayed on the walls of TBHCOFA.
Admission $10
(Price of admission does not include camping)

Bring your comforts and libation. Plan to enjoy the evening with us!
No pets allowed within the theater please.

Astronomy will be happening!

This is Memorial Holiday weekend if you plan on camping 
Make your reservations early at

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Here is What You Missed at our Last Event 
L.A Times 
Our Event
Click on the 2 Photos below to see the full story by L.A. Times Reporter
Louis Sahagun

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Team Member Frank Schneider getting the 12.5" Dobsonian set up

Leonard Holmberg Captures the Orion Nebula

Crowd keeping a look out for meteors during the Lyrid meteor shower.
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You may want to stay all night under the starry nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.
 Make your RV & Camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake 
RV & Campground

Moon Phases for May 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

May Skies

May begins with 3 out of the 5 five bright planets easily seen in the night sky.  Starting with Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Jupiter appears first thing at dusk and shines nearly all night long. As the dark night sky settles in, Saturn is seen rising from the southeast sky at mid-to-late evening and stays out for rest of the night. 

Venus, the morning star, rises over the eastern horizon as the predawn darkness is giving way to morning dawn.

Mars and Mercury are more difficult to see, as Mars is somewhat obscured by the light of the evening dusk 
and Mercury by the light of the morning dawn.

Mercury & Uranus can be seen nestled in the middle of the 
Constellation Pieces just before dawn.

May 7th - The Moon and Jupiter make a close approach.

From Los Angeles, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, at around 19:57 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:43, 51° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 03:57, when they sink into the western horizon.

May 10th
- Full Flower Moon

According to the Farmer's Almanac:  In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. 
Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

May 17 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. 

The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 25.8 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.

"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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Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated May 17, 2017