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!



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Check out the night sky as the Summer Triangle and Cygnus make their appearance. 

For you early risers, check out the views in the southwest as the sun rises in the east.

Looking East just before sunrise, Venus, the morning star disappears as the dawn breaks.

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for  May 2019

January moon, February moon, March moon, April moon, May moon, June moon, July moon, August moon, September moon, October moon, November moon, December Moon


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



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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May 5th / 6th - Eta Aquarid Meteors

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower should be at its peak in the wee hours of Monday morning.  With the new moon on the 4th the skies should be nice and dark with possibly a few dozen meteors per hour. The meteors appear to originate from Eta Aquarii, one of the brighter stars in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing time will be in the predawn hours. Like with most meteor showers, you can see a fair number of meteors for a few nights before and after the peak.

May 7th - The Moon and Mars Have a Close Encounter 

They will be passing within 3°12' of each other and will become visible around 7:50 pm PDT above the western horizon setting about 3 hours after the sun sets. 

May 12th - Mothers Day

The month of May was named after the Greek goddess, Maia who is also identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea.  
Could this be the reason for having Mothers Day in May?
MAIA was the eldest of the Pleiades, the seven nymphs of the constellation Pleiades. She was a shy goddess who dwelt alone in a cave near the peaks of Mount Kyllene (Cyllene) in Arkadia where she secretly gave birth to the god Hermes, her son by Zeus.

May 18thFull Blue Moon. But not for the Reason You May Think.

Did you know.....
When you think of a Blue Moon, it is thought it refers to any full moon that is the second full moon to fall within a single calendar month. This 
originally seems to have stemmed from a misprint in Sky & Telescope magazine in March 1946.

According to Earth-Sky This Blue Moon is because "usually, only three fall within any each of the Earth's season   which last an average of three months. A sequence of three traditional names are given in turn to these three full moons. However, occasionally, a fourth full moon can fall within a single season.

This happens because full moons recur every 29.53 days, and so the Moon's phases cycle on average 12.37 times each year, or 3.11 times each season. As a result, there will be four full moons within a season once every 2.7 years.

When this happens, there are only three traditional names to go between four full moons, and so the third of them is called a blue moon instead."

It is also known as the Full Flower Moon  According to the Old Farmers Almanac the Native American named the Full May Moon, The Flower Moon. "Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon."



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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

Click below to take a journey.

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.



Go to Photos & Events Link
to see pictures  of what we've been up to.


Please Help Support our efforts. To contribute, click the link below.

Or mail your Contributions to

P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Note:  non tax deductible

Last updated May 3,  2019