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!


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Friday September 21st

The Autumn Equinox

How About That! This will be our 100th officially advertised MEETUP Event!

We invite you all to come and enjoy this event that takes place during one of the best times in the Desert Season!
Music of innateness... Stars of Conscientiousness .... Art of Astronomy .... Stories of Cosmology in Myth and Legend.
3D deep space, Selfies to Enceladus - VR Solar System Adventure... Live telescope visual viewing of Mars, Saturn, Jupiter. 

Come get some Starlight with us! We share Astronomy better than Anyone else! Clive Wright, Leonard Holmberg, Tom Haworth, Michael Roemelen, More!

More Details will be announced soon.
$10.00 please
(Does not include camping fees.)
No pets please
Drive slow to keep dust low please
Bring your comfy stuff etc.
Kids welcome

Make it an all nighter and camp out under the warm desert night skies.  
Make your camping reservations now. 
Go to

Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for September 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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September Skies

September 2nd
For the first part of the month, Venus is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Joshua Tree, it will become visible at around 7:25 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, just above your south-western horizon. It will then desend into the horizon, setting 1 hour and 46 minutes after the Sun at 8:54.

Mars is visible in the evening sky, coming into view at around 7:25 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, above the south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 10:08,  above the southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:07 am, when it sinks into thesouth-western horizon.

Saturn Another early evening object, that is receding into evening twilight. Becoming visible at around 7:37 (PDT)  above the southern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 8:10.  It will continue to be observable until it sets at 1:12 am in south-western sky.

September 8th/9th - The Piscid Meteor Shower 

Late Saturday of the 8th going into the early morning hours of the 9th, the Piscid's will reach its maximum rate of activity on the 9th but there should be some strong shooting stars expected to be visible each night from September to October.
Caused by the Earth passing through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As they hit Earths atmosphere appearing as shooting stars.  To date, however, the parent body responsible for creating the Piscid shower has not been identified.
The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 10 per hour in a perfectly dark sky far away from city lights.
From Joshua Tree California, the radiant of the shower will appear 50° above your south-eastern horizon at midnight. This means you may be able to see around 7 meteors per hour, since the radiant will be high in the sky, maximizing the chance of seeing meteors.  The Moon will be in it's New Moon phase at the time of peak activity, causing minimal interference.

September 22nd - Fall Equinox.

At 7:40 pm PDT, for us in the Northern hemisphere, the September equinox marks the first day of autumn, and the first day of spring for anybody living in the Southern hemisphere. 
On the day of the equinox, everywhere around the world, has almost exactly 12 hours of day and night, as the Sun's annual journey through the constellations of the zodiac carries it across the celestial equator. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night)
Wherever you live on Earth, on the day of the equinox the Sun will rise from the point on the horizon which lies due east, and set beneath the point which lies due west.

September 24th - Full Harvest Moon

At 7:54 pm. is the Full Harvest Moon.  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.


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P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated September 18,  2018