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  



March Skies


Commonly thought, but is not, the North Star,Polaris is not the brightest star in the sky. It is a somewhat bright 
second-magnitude star and can be seen fairly easily even on a bright moon night. Polaris is the most stable star in the northern sky. Unlike the other stars which rise in the east and set in the west, or  wheel in a circle around Polaris.  The North Star appears to be a fixed star in the northern sky.

Standing facing Polaris, you are facing north and if it is at your back then you are facing south. In the Northern Hemisphere, Polaris can be used to find directions, but only in the Northern Hemisphere.  South of the equator it cannot be seen as Polaris drops below the northern horizon.

In the early evening the seven stars of the Big Dipper is easily found and will light up the northeastern sky. You may be surprised to know, the Big Dipper is not a constellation, it’s what is known as an asterism, or noticeable pattern of stars. Unlike many constellations, this famous asterism looks like its namesake.  Polaris is also the tip of the handle in the little dipper.

Daylight Savings Time Begins.

Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon,when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
Daylight Saving Time Begins in the U.S.  at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12th and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5th 2016.

March 13th Zodiacal Light

Early this evening and for the next several weeks, those in the Northern Hemisphere can look for this mysterious zodiacal light. As the next two weeks provide a good window for watching the zodiacal light in the west each night as full darkness falls, because the moon is rising later at night now.
Starting in late February and into March, the weeks around the March equinox  is the best time of the year to catch this pyramid of light illuminating the sky in the west as soon as true darkness falls. Look westward about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset.

The zodiacal light is caused by sunlight reflecting off interplanetary dust particles that orbit the sun within the inner solar system. People at mid-northern latitudes can see the zodiacal light after dusk at present because the ecliptic, the approximate plane of the solar system is nearly perpendicular to the horizon on March/April evenings.

     In addition it is on this day in 1879 Einstein was born.
                                   aka Pi Day.

March 14th Moon and Jupiter in the West

Jupiter is just 2.5 degrees from the moon in the sunset hours with Saturn not far behind.  Saturn will be 3.4 degrees south of the moon on March 20th in the late evening.

How many Earth's can fit into Jupiter"
1,321.3. You can do the math yourself if you would like. Take the volume of Jupiter(1.43128 x 1015 km3, divide it by the volume of Earth(1.08321 x 1012 km3 and you should end with 1,321.3.


MARCH 17th.  St Patrick's Day


MARCH 20th First Day of Spring Spring Equinox

March Equinox in Joshua Tree, California is on Monday, March 20, at 3:29 am PDT 

There are two equinoxes every year; in March and September.  It is when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.

March 25th Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Your Time

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Moon Phases for March 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

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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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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 March 12, 2017