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!




Astronomy - Art - Music

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Moon Phases for  April 2019

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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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Why Not Make it an All Nighter Under the Starry Nights of the Joshua Tree Desert Skies.

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April 1st Week -  Mars Near Pleiades
This week, the planet Mars and the Pleiades star cluster are teaming up. They can be seen due west as darkness falls, about a third of the way up the sky. Mars looks like an orange star. The dipper-shaped Pleiades is close to the right.

Also be sure to check out Venus setting in the east in the early morning before sunrise. It's the 3rd-brightest celestial body, after the sun and moon. 

April 3rd- See Mercury, Venus and Crescent Moon

At about 30 minutes before sunrise, although difficult to see, look east to see Mercury, Venus and a thin crescent moon just above the horizon.

April 5th - 3:30 am New Moon.

The perfect time for star gazing an to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

April 7th-Mercury Reaches Highest Point in Morning Sky

As seen from Joshua Tree, Mercury will reach its highest point in the sky in its March to May morning apparition. It will be shining brightly at mag 0.3.

From Joshua Tree, this apparition will not be one of the most prominent and very difficult to observe, reaching a peak altitude of 12° above the horizon at sunrise on 7 Apr 2019.

April 9th -  Mars and the Moon together

The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 4°35' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old. From Joshua Tree, the pair will become visible at around 7:24 pm (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 41° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 49 minutes after the Sun at 10:56 pm.

The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Mars at mag 1.5, both in the constellation Taurus.

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.

April 19th -  Full Pink Moon


This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the first spring flowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Growing Moon, and the Egg Moon. Many coastal tribes called it the Full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

April 22 - Happy Earth Day


 April 22/23 - Check out the Lyrids Meteor Shower

Named after constellation Lyra, the Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago. The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun. The comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.

The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16 to 25. About 10 to 15 meteors per hour can be expected around the shower’s peak, in a dark sky.  It peaks this year on the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds.

The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient you should still be able to catch a few of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


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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.



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P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated April 2, 2019