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Draconid Meteor Shower - Lets find some dark skies!

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  • Horseshoe Springs

    Utah 196, Skull Valley, UT (map)

    40.728168 -112.658096

  • Park at the Springs and follow the boardwalk several hundred feet back to the flat area where we will be setting up our chairs.
  • The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower will be in the northern sky and coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon. The Draconids unlike most meteor showers are most likely to be seen in the evening hours before midnight. This shower is usually a sleeper, producing only a handful of languid meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the Dragon awakes! In rare instances, fiery Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour.

    We will be heading out away from light-polluted suburban skies to Skull Valley, UT to watch the show.  We will not be having a bonfire as we will need to preserve our night vision. Be sure to bring a chair, warm clothes, a blanket to help keep warm and something to eat.  We will spend time socializing and watching the stars.

    If you bring a headlamp it is preferable that it has a red LED to help preserve night vision.

    There is camping available on BLM land across the highway from where we will be.

    If you do not want to spend the night we can arrange carpools by posting in the comment section of this Meetup event.

    Directions:

    1. Take I-80 west from Salt Lake City for approximately 43 miles.

    2. Take exit 77 for UT-196 towards Rowley/Dugway.

    3. Turn left onto UT-196 S and go approximately 9.6 miles, there is a sign marking the turn off for the springs but it is small and hard to see so slow down a bit as you get 9.6 miles down from the exit.

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  • Bryant S.
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    Moved to Utah in June of 2012. I am enjoying getting out and exploring this state!... more

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