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!


Jupiter shines bright in the southern sky throughout the month of April.

The largest planet,  resides in the constellation Cancer, the Crab the whole month of April.  Cancer also  contains a well-known open star cluster, The Beehive Cluster, a 1000 star cluster.  The Beehive came by this name because, observing it in a small telescope, it resembles a swarm of bees.


April 4th

First Full Moon of the Spring season. Native Americans call it the Pink Moon because of the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

This full moon is 3rd in a series of 4 Blood Moons in the pre dawn hours of Saturday morning. 

The total phase  of Saturday morning's  lunar eclipse will be reached at 5:00a.m. Los Angeles time. It will last less than 3 minutes of totality, making it the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The whole eclipse, including
penumbral and partial phases lasts several hours.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible from western North America, eastern Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. At North American time zones, that means much of the eclipse happens before sunrise and not in the evening. From the world’s Eastern Hemisphere such as eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, the greatest eclipse takes place after sunset April 4th.


Partial umbral eclipse begins: 3:16 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse begins: 4:58 a.m. PDT
Greatest eclipse: 5:00 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse ends: 5:03 a.m. PDT
Partial umbral eclipse ends: 6:45 a.m. PDT
Moon may set before end of partial umbral eclipse

Follow the links below to learn eclipse total times in your area and more:

April 10 - 13

Venus passes just left of the Seven Sisters star cluster between the 10th and the 13th. Jupiter stands high in the south at nightfall.

April 13 - 19 International Dark Sky Week

  Click Here for  more info on events from  The IDA

April 22nd / 23rd

The Lyrid Meteor Shower from the Comet Thatcher

The Lyrid meteor shower, lasts from about April 16 to 25. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10 or more meteors per hour can be expected at their peak. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out around their peak morning.

The radiant of this shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. on April evenings. In 2015, the peak morning is April 23, but you might also see meteors before and after that date. The waxing crescent moon will set in the evening, leaving a dark sky for watching this year’s Lyrid shower. Best viewing is in the predawn hours.

Early in the pre-dawn hours, the point of origin is in the south with about 10 sightings per hour.

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for March 2015

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

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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



What's Happening

Earth Day, April 22nd

The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event 
April 9-18

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:
January 11-20
February 9-18
March 11-20
April 9-18
May 9-18
June 8-17
July 7-16
August 5-14
September 3-12
October 3-12
November 2-11
December 2-11

For more info go to
Globe at Night

Book Your 2015 Events Now Under the Beautiful Joshua Tree Night Skies


For our next Star Party, 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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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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Upcoming Events




Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for April 2015

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


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Last updated April 13, 2015