You’re invited! Stargazing in the Mojave National Preserve – Sept. 24, 2011

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You are welcomed to join the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, myself, and others September 24 in the amazing Mojave National Preserve for food, frolic, and most importantly to enjoy the Preserve’s deep night sky. Camping is FREE all weekend at the group campsite. We will meet at the Black Canyon Group Campground located across the road from the Hole-in-the-Wall visitor center. The program will begin at 6pm. Please bring food, layered clothing, and camping gear.

Late September is a great time to explore the Preserve: Warm days and cool nights. Wildlife activity increases in fall as our date should coincide with fall bird migration. Late-season blooms, including the beautiful yellow hues of Rabbitbrush come into season.

This year the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy (MNPC), Old Town Astronomers, and NPCA will provide beverages and snacks. NPCA will discuss the value of our ever diminishing night sky and natural quiet, and what is threatening those resources. The Old Town Astronomers will provide telescopes and world-class interpretation of the cosmos.

Bring friends, bring dogs on leashes, and feel free to invite others to join. If you haven’t experienced the Preserve’s pristine night skies, they are not to be missed. NASA’s Jane Houston Jones has reported that fall is a great time to see the Milky Way galaxy. Please RSVP to David Lamfrom of NPCA if you plan to attend. It is not requisite for attendance, but does allow for enough snacks, wine, etc. for everyone.

On Sunday morning, I’ll be leading a hike to a special location within the Preserve. Be sure to find me on Saturday night if you’d like to join me on this outing! See you September 24 under the night skies!

*Please note: Mojave National Preserve does not have services, so be sure to bring food and to gas-up before arriving. Fenner is located one exit east of Essex Road on I-40, and has food and gas, but is expensive.

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Star Party at the Mojave National Preserve: Oct 30, 2010

Mojave National Preserve Star Party flyerJoin the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy, Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, National Parks Conservation Association, and friendly stargazers from all over in celebration of the Mojave National Preserve’s extraordinary nightscape! This event, hosted by the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy– the Preserve’s friends group, provides access and opportunity to learn about how and where to enjoy this 1.6 million acre wonderland of desert mountains, sand dunes, bighorn sheep and desert tortoise. We will discuss why this Preserve is worth protecting and what actions can be taken! This event will be held at the Hole-in-the-Wall group campsite in Southeast Mojave National Preserve (about four hours drive from Los Angeles). Free camping is provided, dinner is potluck (so bring a dish!), and the Old Town Astronomers will provide interpretation of the night skies and provide access to high-powered telescopes. The event starts at 7pm and we’ll stargaze well into the night! Feel free to bring friends and family. No fee is being charged, but the Conservancy is looking for new members to share with, and to care for Mojave National Preserve.

For more information, please download the .pdf. I’ll be there enjoying the festivities and I hope to see you there, too!

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