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.

Be a part of the solution,
Not the Pollution



Let's explore our wonderful Universe together!


Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for  March 2019

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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March 10th  - Earthshine and the Zodiacal Light

Be sure to look at the crescent moon shortly after sunset or before sunrise, to see not only the crescent of the moon, but also the rest of the moon as a dark silvery disk. The bright glow on the unlit part of a crescent moon is light reflected from Earth. It’s called earthshine.  Since the light that generates earthshine is reflected twice – once off the Earth's surface and then off the Moon's surface, this light is much dimmer than the lit portion of the Moon. 

       Susan Gies Jensen caught this view of earthshine from Odessa, Washington.

Zodiacal Light- With the moon rising later now, look westward about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset to catch this pyramid of light, illuminating the sky in the west as soon as true darkness falls. The weeks around the March Equinox is the best time of the year for viewing. 

Zodiacal light is produced by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the Solar System known as cosmic dust.  The gegenschein may be caused by particles directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, which would be in full phase. People at mid-northern latitudes can see the zodiacal light after dusk at present because the ecliptic the approximate plane of the solar system is nearly perpendicular to the horizon on March/April evenings

March 14 Happy Pie Day & Happy Birthday Mr. Einstein


March 17th - Happy St. Patrick's Day


March 18  — Double shadow transit on Jupiter

From 5:32 to 6:04 GMT, for those on the east coast and Europe, according to, "will get to see the small round black shadows cast by Jupiter's four Galilean moons that will become visible in amateur telescopes as they cross (or transit) the planet's disk.

On Monday, March 18, observers located from the eastern coasts of the Americas to Western Europe and Western Africa can see two of those shadows on Jupiter at the same time.  At 5:32 GMT, Europa's shadow will join Ganymede’s shadow already in transit. The two shadows will cross Jupiter together for 32 minutes until Ganymede's shadow moves off the planet at 6:04 GMT. Europa's shadow will continue to transit Jupiter for almost two more hours." 

March 20th - Spring Equinox & Full Moon

Welcome the first day of spring! The Spring Equinox, aka Vernal Equinox, occurs at 2:44 pm PDT. 

The Moon reaches full in Joshua Tree at 6:42 pm PDT.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, "This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon.  As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter."

March 25 — Double shadow transit on Jupiter

From 4:06 to 6:07 a.m. EDT. And on the west coast, this will start at 1:06 a.m. PDT. According to  "The small round black shadows cast by Jupiter's four Galilean moons become visible in amateur telescopes as they cross (or transit) the planet's disk. On Monday, March 25, observers in North America can see two of those shadows on Jupiter at the same time. At 4:06 a.m. EDT, Europa's shadow will join Ganymede's shadow already in transit. The duo will cross Jupiter together for almost two hours until Ganymede's shadow moves off the planet at 6:07 a.m. EDT. Europa's shadow will continue to transit for another 30 minutes."

March 30th -  Earth Hour

Be a part of the Solution and not part of the Pollution.  This is a worldwide event where everybody around the world lives by candlelight for 1 hour.  No TV or any other electronic devices.  It is amazing what a difference 1 hour can make.
For more information on how you or your group can be more involved click on the link below for more information


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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater

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Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater


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Check out the JTAAT Movie by Leonard Holmberg,

Showing some of the Happenings and Fun

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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.



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to see pictures  of what we've been up to.


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Or mail your Contributions to

P.O. Box 425
Joshua Tree Ca. 92252

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Last updated March 10, 2019