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.

What's Next...

We invite you all to come and enjoy this event with us. 
Join us as we aim telescopes upward, fire up the famous 3D and VR Astro Adventure and bring the stars into focus for all to see and enjoy.

This is the weekend that celebrates the "Geminid Meteor Event" where up to 100 meteors an hour are expected at the peak time. It's getting chilly so bundle up, bring your libation and other comfy stuff. 
Visual telescopes will be up and running, 
More to be included, as usual. 

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

$5.00 at the door please
(Does not include camping fees.)
Kids are welcome, and are free under the age of 12
Kid Friendly No smoking in the Theater.
No pets please as this is a people only event.
See you at the under the Joshua Tree Stars!
(Admission does not include camping.)



Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for December 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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December Skies

Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, Team SCDVA wishes you and yours the very best the season has to offer.


The Planets

December 2nd
. View Mars just after sunset. Mars can be seen for more than 6 hours as it sets at 11:27 pm.
December 2nd.  Saturn can be seen setting shortly after the sun sets this evening in the Southwest at 6:29 pm
December 3rd.  Although difficult to see due to being fairly close to the sun,  Jupiter is only visible around sunrise and sunset rising at 6:06 am and setting just before sun at 4:43 pm.
December 3rd. Venus also known as "The Morning Star", is best viewed just before the predawn hours, rising in the East at 3:16 am.
Also with a pair of binoculars, Neptune sets in the West at 11:41 pm, along with Uranus can be seen as it sets at 3:17 am in the West-Northwest.

December 6th - Full "Yule" Moon

In Joshua Tree, it will reach full at 11:26 pm.
The full Moon of December is known as the Long Night Moon or Moon Before Yule.

The full moon gets its name this month for the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
December 13th/14th -Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak, which is on December 13 or 14, depending on your time zone.
On December 13th Moon rise and set is from 11:17 am - 10:28 pm, which will make for great viewing after Midnight.

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun.

Where to View the Geminids.

According to date and time, "The Geminids can be observed from locations all around the world. While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids."

                                           Chart courtesy of Date & Time

When to View the Geminids
The best time to view the Geminids is of course at night after sunset and before sunrise from a dark sky area away from city lights.

I remember back in 2001 even from Anaheim California we saw several around midnight at zenith (straight up).  So it might be worth your while to go outside and check it out no matter where you are.

December 16th - See Comet 46/P with Naked Eye

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be closest to Earth on December. 16th.  Look for it above the eastern horizon after dusk all month long! It will be bright enough to see with the naked eye, and will look even more spectacular with binoculars and telescopes.

December 21st.  Winter Solstice

The first day of Winter begins at 2:22 pm pst. It is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the darkest day of the year. 


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P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated December 2,  2018