Good news, everyone! The moon shouldn't interfere with our meteor spotting! The night of August 10 the moon will be a sliver, just 4 days after the new moon, and it sets at 9:37 pm. A little late, but we should still have good meteor viewing!
We had so much fun last year, let's camp again this year. The Perseid Meteor Shower peak is a weekday night, but August 10, right before the peak, should still be pretty good. Camp out under the stars, sans tent, and watch the meteors all night long. Last year I must have counted close to 100 meteors streaking across the sky.
I've reserved a group site at Sheep Pass Group Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. This year I've reserved Site 1, which is a larger than the space we had last year. The cost went up this year to $40, but we'll split that cost just like last year. (Right now, that would be about $2 per person.)
Arrive in the afternoon (it will be hot!) and bring your dinner. You can cook (in the heat?) on your own, or coordinate with others to prepare your dinner if you'd like. We'll eat all together.
Last year most of us had breakfast at a restaurant in town rather than make breakfast in camp, so if you'd like to do that, let me know that weekend.
This campground has vault bathrooms (pit toilets but clean). NO water or electricity.
More on the meteor shower:
August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower.
The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 - August 22. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. The near last quarter moon will be hanging around for the show, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem for a shower with up to 60 meteors per hour. Find a location far from city lights and look to the northeast after midnight.