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!

Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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


Friends and family of Walter Metcalf.
Please join us in a celebration of life for our dear friend.

 Walt  loved our desert and her wonderful dark night skies and that is where the celebration will take place.

 The celebration begins at

 4:00pm Saturday, November 22nd 

Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

With music & food and will continue into the evening with a star party.


760-365-1692 or email


What's Happening
Thank you all for making Art Tours
such a success.

Click Here
To see  photos  of 
The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
 Opening Party for Art Tours
Held on
 October 25th 
On the JTAAT Facebook page. 


2nd in a series of 4 events

Click HERE
to see more photos or the Blood Moon Event of October 7/8
on the JTAAT Facebook page.


For our next Star Party Event, To Be Announced
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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 The Globe at Night campaign of
  Next Event December 11 - 20

For more info go to
Globe at Night


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What's Up!
In our night skies




Check out the 
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
Meetup site
for further & future details
Upcoming Events

Thank You Dave Fuller.
Your weekly sky reports, were most appreciated
Good Luck on Your New Adventure
You Will Be Missed


This Week
Eyes on the Sky Heads in a new direction 

Enjoy the Night Sky and remember . . . . .
Take some time to peak at the night sky,
 Look Up To See What's Up!

November Skies 

As we end October with Halloween and begin November with the Day of The Dead, I thought it fitting to post The Witch Head Nebula.  It is a large, faint interstellar dust cloud in the constellation Eridanus illuminated by nearby Rigel, which is the 7th brightest star in the sky. The Witch Head is a 50-light-year long interstellar dust cloud some 900 light years from Earth. The light of the enormous and profoundly hot blue-white supergiant star Rigel in Orion’s leg is reflected by the tiny dust grains composing the cloud. Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

November 3rd
Just before dawn breaks for the early mornings of November, you early birds might want to catch Mercury in the lower eastern horizon.  It can be seen some 90 minutes before sunrise at the mid northern latitudes.


November 4th until dawn November 5th

The South Taurids.
Unfortunately, the full moon will wash away all but the brightest South Taurid meteors. The meteoroid streams that feed the South (and North). Taurids are extremely long-lasting (September 25 to November 25) but usually don’t offer more than about 7 meteors per hour. 

November 6th
Full Bever Moon For Native Americans, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Snow or Frost Moon.  

November 11 / 12
More Meteor showers and an asteroid landing.

November 11 until dawn November 12, 2014, the North Taurids, like the South Taurids, the North Taurids meteor shower is long-lasting (October 12 – December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about 7 meteors per hour. The North and South Taurids combine, however, to provide a nice sprinkling of meteors throughout October and November. Usually, you can see the maximum numbers at around midnight, when Taurus the Bull is highest in the sky. Taurid meteors tend to be slow-moving, but sometimes very bright. Unfortunately, this year, a bright waning gibbous moon will wash out all but the brighter meteors.  Try watching before moonrise on the evening of the 11th, and in the dark morning hours of November 12th.


November 12th at 1:35 in the morning (PST), the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will dispatch Philae to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimemnko. The washing machine-sized lander will drop from a height of 14 miles (22.5 km) and land at “Site J” on the dusty surface of the smaller of the comet’s twin heads.  Stay Tuned......

                                       Photo Credit: ESA/Rosetta

November 17 until dawn November 18th.

The Leonids meteor shower.
Radiating from the constellation Leo the Lion, the famous Leonid meteor shower has produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history or at least one in living memory, 1966, with rates as high as thousands of meteors per minute during a span of 15 minutes on the morning of November 17, 1966. Indeed, on that beautiful night the meteors did, briefly, fall like rain. Some who witnessed the 1966 Leonid meteor storm said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth plowing along through space, fording the meteoroid stream.

Leonid meteor storms sometimes recur in cycles of 33 to 34 years, but the Leonids around the turn of the century did not match the shower of 1966. And, in most years, the Lion whimpers rather than roar, producing a maximum of perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour on a dark night. Like many meteor showers, the Leonids ordinarily pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest meteor numbers just before dawn. This year, the waning crescent moon should not greatly interfere with the Leonid meteor shower. The peak morning will probably be November 18, but  check out November 17, too.  

November 27th 


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for November 2014

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Last updated November 22, 2014