Perseid Meteor Shower 2018
Come join us for fun under the stars!
When: August 10th-12th
Where: The GPS coordinates for this year’s camp are:Degree Decimal: N 40.86602°, W 119.12164° Degree Minutes: 40°51’57.6720″, -119°07’17.9040″
UTM: 11T 321200mE 4526050mN
- Driving Directions:
- Enter playa at 12 mile playa access point
- Drive North on the western track (take the track just to the left of the Burning Man Detour sign) approximately 5.1 miles until you see two tires surrounding poles
- Keep driving North approximately 2.1 miles until you see one tire surrounding a pole
- Turn 90° right and follow the tracks approximately 3.2 miles to our campsite
- FBRHR-led day tour on Saturday @ 9AM to Fly Ranch. Suggested donation $40; sign-ups on site. First come, first serve.
- This is a weekend camp out event. Please bring camping gear, food, and all other items and materials you may need. We will have port-o-potties at the event.
- Non-Members are more than welcome to come out for this event, but we will be having a Members’ Dinner Saturday evening. We will be accepting Memberships on-site for those wanting to join. Bring a side-dish or dessert to share!
You can also become a Member through our site here (click the DONATE button at the bottom of the page): blackrockdesert.org/become-member
Some info about the Perseid Meteors from Space.com:
“Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower’s peak — when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest area — occurring on Aug. 12. That means you’ll see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time near that peak, but you can still catch some action from the famed meteor shower before or after that point.
Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. But it won’t be forgotten in the meantime, because Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, creating the annual Perseid meteor shower.”