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!


Due to Covid, Sadly, all Events are Cancelled until Further Notice.

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for September 2020

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



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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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Sept. 1st - Full Harvest Moon
It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s Full Harvest Moon tonight, which means the full moon nearest the September equinox which makes it the Harvest moon that can sometimes fall in October.  It is sometimes known as the Full Corn Moon, a name attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.
Moonrise will be around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
With sunset at 7:08 pm, Moonrise will be at 7:23 pm. At 10:23 pm the Moon will be 99.8% full in Pisces and on Sept. 2nd it will be at 99.7% full.
          Pictured below is the Full Harvest Moon from 2012

Sept. 2nd - Venus Reaches Highest Point in Morning Sky
Rising at 2:51 am, Venus will reach its highest point in the sky in this years morning apparition. It will be shining brightly at mag -4.3.
Look to the East to check out this "Morning Star" at 6:21 am as the Sun rises.


Sept. 5th The Moon & Mars have a Close Encounter
As they climb into good view at about 10:30 pm or 11 p.m. Mars will look like a bright orange star. At its closest it will be less than one degree from the Moon.

Sept. 22nd - Autumn Equinox Fall Begins 
In Northern Hemisphere will be at 6:30 am PDT.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, there’s an old-wives tale that you can stand an egg on its end of the equinox. Well, yes, it’s true (and fun to try). 


During the month of September Jupiter and Saturn are a sight to view.  By December 21st they will be in conjunction, an event that only happens every 20 years. But more on that in our December Skies.



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Last updated September 02, 2020