WHO: Mojave Desert Land Trust

WHAT: Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party

WHERE: The Integratron 2477 BelfieldBlvd., Landers, CA 92285 (for directions:

WHEN: August 13, 8:00pm-12:00am (overnight camping optional for an extra fee)

WHY?: The Perseids are considered by many to be the best meteor shower of the year, sometimes peaking at 50 per hour. This year’s show should be a great one, since the moon will be a thin crescent. Meteor-watching does not get any better than in the Mojave Desert, one of the last places in the country where you can still see the Milky Way with the naked eye. By saving land from development, the Mojave Desert Land Trust helps keep our night skies dark, and our stars and meteors bright. Be a part of that effort, and enjoy the Perseid show!

WHAT TO BRING: Comfy star-gazing chairs, blankets, travel mug (for coffee/tea), water bottle (refill from Integratron delish well-water on site), and camping gear if staying overnight. BYOB. Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and watch the annual Perseid meteor shower on the grounds of the mysterious Integratron. Enjoy star and meteor gazing with friends while helping the Land Trust preserve our beautiful desert night skies. You will also experience dramatic projections of telescopic deep space images onto the Integratron Dome, by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers. Joshua Tree National Park interpretive rangers will provide information on our night skies, the threats they face, and how your contributions help save them. This popular event has sold out for the last two years running, so order tickets today!

HOW: Pre-Registration is required, this event has sold out for the past 2 years! For more info call 760-366-5440.

Price:$45/person for land trust members, $50/non-members (kids 12 & under FREE). Overnight camping is an additional $30/person and includes continental breakfast.

Source: Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce