Why die rushing Area 51 for free when you can pay to relax at a meteor shower party?

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party at the Death Valley Stargazing Camp -- January 3rd & 4th, 2020 (IG:  @alpineastro )

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party at the Death Valley Stargazing Camp -- January 3rd & 4th, 2020 (IG: @alpineastro)

Why die rushing Area 51 on September 20th for free when you can pay to sit back and stargaze on January 3rd and 4th instead? The Eastern Sierra Observatory is hosting the Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party at the Death Valley Stargazing Camp - just west of the national park boundary under the dark skies of Panamint Valley - on the nights of January 3rd and 4th, 2020. The two night campout will feature lectures from professional astronomers, nighttime landscape photography tutorials and tips from professional photographer Chris Ewen Crosby, and will offer a 14” Meade LX850 telescope onsite for deep sky viewing. There will also be plenty of SHIFTPODs on hand to give you that spacey feel.

Death Valley Stargazing Camp — Home of the Alien Mailbox

Death Valley Stargazing Camp — Home of the Alien Mailbox

Rushing Area 51 sounds like a lot of work. Not only does one have to travel a long ways to get to the starting point, but it also sounds like it could be tiresome to rush a top secret location against the world’s strongest military after such a long drive. On the other hand, the Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party will be a super chill atmosphere under the very dark skies of Panamint Valley, just west of Death Valley. You’ll have the options of just kicking back and enjoying the meteor shower, viewing deep sky objects through the telescope, and learning interesting stuff from interesting people in the realm of astronomy, astrophysics, and nighttime photography.

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party offers a more chill time

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party offers a more chill time

There are surely interesting things inside Area 51, but none of them came from E.T. While there is no doubt that life must exist far and wide throughout the Universe, it’s not likely that any other civilization has ever visited us. The distances between star systems are just too great. So, if you choose to raid Area 51, it’s likely the prize isn’t present anyways. At the meteor shower party, you can be sure there will be some kind of prize as we stack the menu with options. Also, there are a ton of cool day trips in the area, including the Trona Pinnacles, the ghost town of Ballarat, Death Valley itself, and countless canyons with old cabins and mining ruins. These areas are much safer to rush, although we recommend walking.

The ghost town of Ballarat is just 3.5 miles south on Indian Ranch Road

The ghost town of Ballarat is just 3.5 miles south on Indian Ranch Road

While you might meet some pretty interesting people at the Area 51 raid, are they people who are going to make you smarter, or otherwise? The lectures and tutorials presented by professionals at the Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party will offer their expertise — transferred into your brain via verbal and visual mediums.

What is happening?

What is happening?

So there you have it. Rushing to Alien-Stock to raid Area 51 is a long drive and a lot of work and you’ll be tired just before you’re zapped. Attending the Quadrantids Meteor Shower Party is a little bit closer and so much more relaxing - and - the Death Valley Stargazing Camp lies under the R-2508 Special Use Airspace Complex, so UFOs are likely, but they’re friendly.

Visit DarkSky.me to learn more or reserve your spot.

Do not make eye contact

Do not make eye contact