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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What's Happening

Join us at the

For the 
Orionid Meteor Showers
Astronomy Discussions
Send selfies into deep space 

Live Deep Space Images Projected on our giant theater screens
Come look through our telescopes.
Live 3-D images and more
$5 contribution at the door please.

This event will be a sunset and evening run, under a full moon. Our course will start and end in Joshua Tree, CA at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, just outside Joshua Tree National Park.

After the race please join us to explore the universe at
The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater
for an evening under the starry desert skies

Astronomy Discussions
Send selfies into deep space 

Live Deep Space Images Projected on our giant theater screens
Come look through our telescopes.
Live 3-D images and much more




Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

Click below to take a journey.

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.

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for October 2017

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



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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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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Upcoming Events



The Planets 

On the 3rd Venus, the morning star rises at 4:47 am and sets at 6:21 pm. With Mars leading the way rising at 4:43 am, setting at 5:30 pm.
Jupiter will be slowly fading away as the winter sky approaches setting 

at 7:17 pm followed by Saturn in Ophiuchus, just to the right of Sagittarius in the southwest at nightfall,  and sets at 10:19 pm. Neptune will be making an appearance as well close to the moon.

Oct 3rd Moon and Neptune Make Close Approach

The Moon and Neptune will make a close approach, passing within 0°42' of each other at 5:39 pm PDT too bright to see.
From Joshua Tree California, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming more visible at around 7:40 pm as the dusk sky fades, 
about 17° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:47, 47° above your southern horizon. 

You can continue to view them until around 03:50 am, when they sink to 8° above your western horizon.  They both are in the constellation Aquarius. The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.


October 4th Mars and Venus
Venus shines as the brilliant “morning star,” low in the east at first light tomorrow, with Mars, the red planet to the lower right.  


October 5th Full Harvest Moon 12:40 pm PDT

The Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox.  In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. 
At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night, just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe.


According to the Farmers Almanac, this full Moon is also referred to as the "Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. 

The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes."   Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and 
wild rice, the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

October 7 & 8  The Annual Draconid Meteor Shower

Also know as the Giacobinids will peak these two evenings.  This is usually a moderate meteor shower originating near the constellation Draco the Dragon.  These meteors are created by dust left behind by the periodic comet Giacobini - Zinner. Unlike most meteor showers, this one is is best viewed in the early evening hours, first thing at nightfall before the bright waning gibbous Moon rises.


October 16-22: The Green Giant

Uranus, is one of the biggest planets in the solar system, but because it is so far away it is very faint and doesn't get much attention.  This week the planet puts in its best 
showing of the year. 


October 21/22  The Orionid Meteor Showers Peak! 

Best viewed in the very late evening of the 21st into the early morning hours of the 22nd,

This shower is the cosmic dust from the famous Halley’s comet. The meteors appear to come from a point near the Orion-Gemini border in Orion’s upraised club, hence the name.

This year should be very favorable for viewing due to the moon being just past new phase so skies will be dark. Best viewed overhead from 1 to 2 a.m. local time until dawn. Hopefully you may see 20-25 meteors per hour!


October 31st 


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Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated October 18,  2017