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!


What's Next....

50th Anniversary Celebration
May 24th - May 28th
Click the link below for more info.

SCDVA is joining in as representatives for the International Dark-Sky Association!
For more info, click on the link below.


Let's come together to celebrate community, the stars, and our interstellar collective hearts on the longest day of the year!

The summer solstice marks the peak point where the sun hits it's highest note calling for a union of ENERGY!


Will reflect on the Goddesses of the sky and why many over time have called us mere 'stardust' 
Enjoy gazing through telescopes and learning to identify planets and constellations~




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SCDVA is pleased to share great news about an important pioneer in the art of astroimaging... 
Wally Pacholka 2018 Recipient of
"The G. Bruce Blair Award" 
"Pioneering work in Landscape Astrophotography of National Parks"
His award will be presented at this years RTMC event

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for May 2018

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, 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?

Planets to Watch For...

Mercury, is low and in the glow of the sunrise.  But, using binoculars, if you look due east just above the horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise you can catch a glimpse.

Venus, can be seen shining bright in the North West in the twilight of sunset.  Close by are Aldebaran, aka; the eye of the bull in the constellation of Taurus along with Pleiades aka; The 7 Sisters.

Saturn & Mars, will be rising around midnight and 1:30 am in the constellation Sagittarius for you late night sky watchers.  Mars being on the lower left of the teapot with Saturn just above.

Jupiter, according to Sky & Telescope "Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Libra) rises in the east-southeast in twilight. It shines as the brightest point in the sky after Venus sets below the opposite horizon. Jupiter is nearing its May 8th opposition, so it appears as bright and big (44½ arcseconds wide) as it will get this year. It's highest in the south, presenting the sharpest views in a telescope, around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. By dawn it's low in the southwest."

May 6, 7 - Eta Aquarids. 

The Eta Aquarids can be an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Although most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour, and is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley. 

The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year, but you should be able to catch quite a few good ones if you are patient. As with all meteor showers, the best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

MAY 9th Jupiter will be at Opposition

Attention planetary astro photographers!  Tonight's the night.  The giant planet Jupiter as it rises in the East -Southeastern sky as the sun goes down, will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This means, it will be brighter than any other time of the year and visible all night long. 
This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter's cloud bands. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter's four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet. 

MAY 13th Mothers Day United States.

Rosette Nebula
Picture of the Star Cluster NGC 2244 and the surrounding Rosette Nebula Telescope: 800mm F4 GSO Newton Imager: Modified Canon EOS 550D (IR Block removed) 3 RGB Frames stacked with 800 secs each Post processing with PixInsight / Photoshop Imaged on 2012-11-12 Location: 61381 Friedrichsdorf / Germany

MAY 30th 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."

Image Courtesy  of NASA


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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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for further & future details
Upcoming Events

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Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

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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.



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to see pictures  of what we've been up to.


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Or mail your Contributions to

P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated May 18,  2018