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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April Skies

April 4th - 10th International Dark Sky Week
Join the International Dark-Sky Association for seven days of celebration, learning and action!
Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin Monday, April 4, and run through Sunday, April 10.


To find out more about events, contests, and what you can do...... Click HERE


April 5th Double Moon Shadows of Io and Europa Cross Jupiter Simultaneously  


Here in Joshua Tree, Spring has sprung and the warmer evenings have begun.  By warmer I mean in the high 50's to low 60's in the early morning hours.  Time to get out the scope and see Io and Europa cross Jupiter 5:37–6:19 a.m. EDT and 2:37-3:19am PDT.  The clear sky chart looks pretty good for Tuesday morning, which makes for a good night of stargazing.  At around 2:00 in the morning as I check out the night sky , visible in the SE is a triangle consisting of Mars, Saturn & Antaries located in Scorpius. Above Scorpius lies the constellation Libra.  Looking further and higher to the east is Hercules with sword drawn.  He is slightly to the right of the bright star Vega which is located in the constellation Lyra.  Straight up 
between the 2 constellations, near zenith is the constellation Bootes.

Starting at 2:37am;Turning attention to the western sky, Castor & Pollux; the bright eyes of the Gemini twins, can be seen setting.  Time to set our sights on the lord of all planets. Like a bright gem in the western sky is Jupiter in all it's glory, gently resting at the back leg of the constellation Leo.  Looking towards the SW and a little higher up, Spica can be seen in the constellation Virgo. The constellation Bootes lies at near zenith.

The last objects of the winter sky are disappearing as the summer sky moves in.  Be sure to get out to enjoy the night!

April 7th New Moon, SuperMoon
According to, the new moon coming on April 7, 2016, counts as a supermoon because it’s the closest new moon of the year. The moon turns new some six hours before the moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit.  On April 22, the full moon will closely align with apogee, the moon’s most distant point, to stage the smallest and farthest full moon of 2016. This sort of full moon is sometimes called a micro-moon or mini-moon.

April 22 - Full Pink Moon
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the first spring flowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Growing Moon.


April 22 - Earthday & The Lyrids Meteor Shower

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues.  Earthday and everyday reuse, recycle, don't waste.

The Lyrids Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn.
Starting from about April 16 to 25 is the Lyrids Meteor shower, but will be somewhat hampered in visibility due to the setting Full Pink Moon which coincides with the peak of this shower. It is reported that at the peak 10 to 15 meteors per hour can be spotted.  But even with the bright moon, Lyrids  can be quite bright and often leave trails.  The radiant point easily spotted with the bright star Vega in the Constellation Lyra, located just North of zenith will show the way.  The Lyrids are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

April 24 Early Morning Astronomical Clustering Gathers at the Heart of the Scorpion.
Here in the Southwest in the hours after midnight, in the constellation Scorpius, you will be treated to a 
vision of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares all in close proximity of each other, slowly fading into the the 
daylight of the southwestern sky.

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Clear Sky Chart for The Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater  



Moon Phases for April 2016

January moon, February moon, March moon, April moon, May moon, June moon, July moon, August moon, September moon, October moon, November moon, December Moon

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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



Book Your 2015 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.

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At the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground




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Last updated April 10, 2016