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



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FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD!
Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!
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MAY SKIES


The 5 Evening planets of May 2015

Brilliant Venus in west from dusk until late evening.  Fading into the glare of sunset is Mars.  Jupiter still shines bright from dusk until just after midnight.  Saturn makes its debut from nightfall until dawn and Mercury at dusk, sets around nightfall.

May 3-4 Full Flower Moon

The Full Flower Moon of May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon.

Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
US time zones, that means the moon turns full this evening, on May 3, at 11:42 p.m. EDT, 10:42 p.m. CDT, 9:42 p.m. MDT or 8:42 p.m. PDT.

  


May 6th  The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

This meteor shower has a relatively broad maximum – meaning you can watch it for several days around the predicted peak.

However, in 2015, the bright, nearly full moon is sure to diminish the numbers. The radiant is near the star Eta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer.  The source being Haleys Comet, this shower is said to be active from April 19 to May 20, although Earth goes more deeply into this stream of comet debris around May 5 or 6. 


                 

 

May 7th, Mercury at Greatest Elongation

On Thursday the 7th is the best evening apparition of Mercury this year for observers in the northern hemisphere.  You can use Venus to help you locate it.  Mercury is most easily found by using a sweeping action with binoculars, but once you've found it, you should be able to see it with your naked eyes.
 
 

 

May 18 - New Moon.

The Moon is new because it is located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun, and that is why it is not visible in the night sky.

This phase occurs at 04:13 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.


May 23rd -  Saturn is closest, brightest, opposite the sun

According to Earthsky, Earth will go between the sun and Saturn. Astronomers call this an opposition, because a planet will appear opposite the Sun in our sky.  Saturn will be rising in the East as the sun sets in the West.

On May 23rd, the opposition.  This is when the ringed planet at its closest to Earth and will shine at its brightest.  Saturn is the faintest of the bright planets. Saturn shines a touch brighter than Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.

 

Because we will pass Saturn – the sixth planet outward from the sun – from an inside track around the sun, the ringed planet will look as if it’s going backward (retrograde) in front of the fixed stars of the Zodiac for several months. In 2015, Saturn retrogrades (moves away from Antares and the Crown of the Scorpion) from March 14 until August 2.
 

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  
 

   

   


Moon Phases for May 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










The World's First & Only Live Astronomy Theater.
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SCDVA, Official IDA Chapter Serving The High Desert Region
of
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



 

 

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The Globe at Night campaign of
2015 
  Next Event 
May 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
JTAATinfo@gmail.com


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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

           



           


Questions?

Contact us at:
scdvainfo@gmail.com



                          
                       

 

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  
 

   

   


Moon Phases for May 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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JTAAT
P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated May 3, 2015