It's that time of the year when you can wish upon as many stars as you like. The time when natural fireworks would be on display. The Perseid shower! I learned that it would peak on the 12th & 13th of this month. So, we decided to watch it during the wee hours of the 13th.
Most of the time, stargazing goes hand in hand with camping. No, we didn't go camping outdoors. We did it indoors at our friend's house. We roasted marshmallows & hot dogs in the fireplace. I finally had my first-ever s'mores.
We had so much fun making & eating it.
We headed out around midnight. Our friend suggested that Mt. Diablo would be a good place to watch the stars. Great elevation & no light pollution.
"Several colorful yarns describe how the mountain got its name. The most popular account supposedly arose from an 1806 expedition of Spanish soldiers from San Francisco Presidio who marched into the area to do battle with the local Indians. In the midst of the ﬁghting, a shaman clad in striking plumage appeared on the mountain. The Spaniards were convinced they saw El Diablo—The Devil—and quickly retreated."- www.parks.ca.gov
We met fellow stargazers at the mountain & we had a quick look at the stars through their scope.
Oh well, that's all that I could capture. My camera didn't have the bells & whistles to photograph the night sky. Just use your imagination & picture a cloudless sky with a clear view of the milky way. I wasn't greatly disappointed because I have all the vivid pictures in my own memory drive, embedded in my mind. For those who haven't seen it, here's the link to National Geographic's Meteor Shower Photos.
We chose a spot & waited patiently. We got to see at least 30 stars for an hour & a half. Wish away!
(Many thanks to our friend, Gary who hosted the event.)
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