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!

What's Happening

July 2nd 8pm - 11pm

The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
Come and see the Rings of Saturn! Hear about the ancient tales of his adventures and life!
Enjoy a Starry Night in Joshua Tree as we explore the Cosmos and scan the Sky for Nebulae and Galaxies, Planets, and a thin Waxing Crescent Moon.
Art from the Black Hole Collection Of Fine Art will be on display, the highlight will be the Debut of "Saturn's Evil Twin" by Michael Mondry!
$5.00 contribution please.


June Skies

June is a great month for planet watchers. Shortly after sunset, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn illuminate the evening sky all month long.  As the sky darkens Jupiter can be seen high in the Southern sky.  Turning to the South Southeast the ruby gem Mars can be seen low in the sky moving into Libra with the bright star Antares below. To the Southeast, Saturn can be seen rising.



For the early birds at dawn, you may get a quick glimpse of Mercury.  Venus is not visible this month due to the fact it is too close to the sun as it transitions from the morning star to the evening star.

June 7th - Asteroid 2016 LT1 is a Close Encounter.  

This asteroid was just discovered on June 4th, by the Panstarrs survey in Hawaii.  It is about 20 feet wide and will pass within about 100,000 miles (153,000 km) at 20:25 UT, (7:25pm in California) which is less than half the distance of the moon.

Zodiac Signs for June

For those born June 1st to 20th, they are of the Gemini the twins Zodiac sign and those born June 21st to 30th identify with Cancer the crab.


June 11th
 Close Encounters with Jupiter & the Moon


June 19th

        And to the Mothers Who Do It All

June 20th - Summer Solstice & A Full Strawberry Moon 

The summer solstice occurs Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:34 PM PDT. depending on where you live.  Even though most people consider June 21st as the date of the June Solstice, it can happen anytime between June 20th and June 22nd.  A June 22nd Solstice is rare, the last one took place in 1975 and there won't be another one until 2203.

Technically, the June Solstice is the exact instant of time when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. In 2016, this will happen on June 20th at 22:35 UTC. Because of time zones differences, the event will take place on June 21 at locations that are more than one and a half hours ahead of UTC. That includes all of Europe, Russia and Asia.

Some interesting facts about the solstice according to

Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning 'Sun' and sistere, meaning 'to come to a stop or stand still'. On the day of the Summer Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again.

The opposite happens during the December or Winter Solstice. Then, the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky, the Tropic of Capricorn, it stands still and then reverses its direction towards the north.  The Southern hemisphere is having it's winter Solstice.


That evening there will also will be a Full Moon.

According to the Farmers Almanac, June is the Strawberry moon. "This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!"

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for June 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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P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated June 18, 2016