Friday, August 13, 2010

Perseid Meteor Shower

I went out into the desert with a couple of friends last night to watch the Perseid meteor shower. We watched it from a forest road off route 87 that leads to Four Peaks, the highest point in the Phoenix area and part of Tonto National Forest. It was a perfect night for meteor watching. The desert was a lot cooler than in the city, the moon went away early so the sky was really dark, and there were lots and lots of great shooting stars. Sometimes I feel like I never really saw the sky until I saw it over the desert.
swirling skies
dune buggy
We weren't the only folks out looked at the meteors. Cars and trucks occupied all the pull-offs on the sides of the forest road. We drove pretty far in, but quite a few other vehicles passed by through the course of the night.
desert lights and ghosts

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