Southern California Desert Video Astronomers
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
This full moon is 3rd in a series of 4 Blood Moons in the pre dawn hours of Saturday morning.
The total phase of Saturday morning's lunar
The total lunar eclipse will be visible from western North America, eastern Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. At North American time zones, that means much of the eclipse happens before sunrise and not in the evening.
From the world’s Eastern Hemisphere such as eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, the greatest eclipse takes place after sunset April 4th.
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 3:16 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse begins: 4:58 a.m. PDT
Greatest eclipse: 5:00 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse ends: 5:03 a.m. PDT
Partial umbral eclipse ends: 6:45 a.m. PDT
Moon may set before end of partial
Follow the links below to learn eclipse total times in your area and more:
April 10 - 13
Venus passes just left of the Seven Sisters star cluster between the 10th and the 13th. Jupiter stands high in the south at nightfall.
April 13 - 19 International Dark Sky Week
Click Here for more info on events from The IDA
April 22nd / 23rd
The Lyrid Meteor Shower from the Comet Thatcher
The Lyrid meteor shower, lasts from about April 16 to 25. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10 or more meteors per hour can be expected at their peak. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing
The radiant of this shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m.
Early in the pre-dawn hours, the point of origin is in the south with about 10 sightings per hour.
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Last updated April 13, 2015