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!

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The Desert Night Skies
August 26th 8pm - 11:30 pm

Enjoy a Starry Night in Joshua Tree as we explore the Cosmos and scan the Sky for Nebulae and Galaxies.
Featuring the ambient music of 
Clive Wright
Laser*Cast© - Live Deep Space Broadcast
 $10 at the Door

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Remember: Drive slowly in the Campground! 
Sorry, No Dogs Allowed Inside Theater

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  


August Skies 

Planets for August.
5 bright planets appear together in early August, and the end of the gem Jupiter in the evening sky as we approach our Fall sky.
Look to the west and watch for the meetings of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus deep in the glow of sunset.


As the days start getting shorter and the nights longer, The Milky
 Way is the "star" of the night skies.   Appearing almost like a long gray cloud arching from the south in Sagittarius to Northern horizon over head, the mass of stars of the Milky Way provides some great viewing for the next few months.  Even as we approach the Full Moon on the 18th, The waxing Moon set takes place around the hours of Midnight as we near the middle of the month which make great viewing for the Milky Way and Meteors.

In addition, the Milky Way is loaded with star clusters and nebulae such as the Lagoon, Trifid Nebula as well as many open and globular clusters.


As the evening progresses, the red planet Mars can be seen between the claws of the Scorpion, with Saturn between Antaries and the Moon in the Southwest.


Aug. 11th - 13th The Perseids

Star gazers have already been seeing the remains of the Delta Aquarid meteors and the approaching of the Perseid meteors flying. 

Building up to a peak the evening of the 11th & early pre dawn hours on the 12th, is this much anticipated Meteor shower.  The Moon sets around Midnight the evening of the 11th which makes it perfect for viewing meteors.

The best viewing time is from 1 a.m. to dawn when meteors peak.  Astronomers are optimistic and are predicting the possibility of up to 200 meteors an hour this year.  

This display is due to debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862, the stray bits of rock burn up in our atmosphere creating a cosmic show.  The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. 

Where do I look to see the Perseids? 
Look in the northeast where the constellation Perseus will be rising.

               View from Joshua Tree at 11:59pm August 11th

August 18 - Full Moon Occurs 02:27 am. (PDT)

The Full Corn Moon or the Harvest Moon.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, "This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. 

Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering." 

August 27 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. 

A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.06 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the western sky just after sunset.

                                                        Looking West shortly after sunset

Moon Phases for August 2016

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

"Ask not what dark skies can do for you, rather,
Ask what you can do for dark skies."

                                                                                Inspired by a quote from JFK



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.

 Make your camping reservations early
At the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground




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Last updated August 25, 2016