Perseid Meteor Shower as seen from Joshua Tree

Star-gazing goes hand-in-hand with warm, summer nights, and the annual Perseid meteor shower gives a spectacular show each year. But those of us in or near cities can be blinded by ambient light. Thankfully, there are places in California like Joshua Tree, where the darkness of the desert is the perfect backdrop for the grandeur of the Perseids.

Though no longer active for the year, the meteor shower has been captured by Henry Jun Wah Lee and his students from a time-lapse photography workshop held in Joshua Tree this past month:

Joshua Tree during the 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower from Henry Jun Wah Lee / Evosia on Vimeo.

According to Henry:

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular showers of the year. This year, instead of shooting it myself, I decided to host a workshop to introduce other artists to the wonderful world of capturing nature through timelapse.

This film was made by our crew of timelapse newbies and myself over 4 days. You’ll see dozens of meteors zip across the sky against a backdrop of the Milky Way. You’ll also see scenes with smoke from the nearby Banning wildfire that occurred during our first day at the workshop.

Do you have residents or employees who are star-gazers? What’s your favorite place in California to view the night sky?


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