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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Star Light, Star Bright…..

Last night after dinner we drove to the Borax mine area about a mile north of here.  A ranger had recommended that location to us as a great place to watch stars because there was no ambient light in the area.  She was right!  The stars were great and I was able to locate many constellations (Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Gemini, Taurus, Pleiades, Lepus, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Andromeda, Hercules, Bootes, Cephus, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Aguria, just to name a few! <g>)

If you have ever wanted to see a great night sky, this is the place.  The really are working to keep light pollution here to a minimum and I would say they are very successful.

Today we went for a 9 mile bike ride.  First we went back to the Borax Mine area so see what we could not see yesterday.

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The mine area from a distance.

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Some kind of a hopper in the foreground, 20 mule team wagons further back.

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Another view of the hoppers and the salt flats out in the distance

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A view of a mine entrance and discarded wheels

We also road out by the airport here in Death Valley.  We came upon and interesting array of antennas.  The look like some kind of aircraft comm radio antennas but could also be a navaid of one type or another.  My son, Tim, thinks they might be a relay point for Los Angeles Center.

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You can see the altitude here is quite low!

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The runway is big enough for some small business jets to land at.

The weather is starting to cloud over now and the forecast is for showers tomorrow and maybe even snow showers, all clearing by Monday which is great cause we need to leave then.

4 comments:

Russ Krecklow said...

Wow, that sure a neat place to watch the stars! Speaking of watching the stars, is that your plane, Dave? You could use one like that for your work! That would zip you back and forth, and Carol could stay longer in warmer places during the season. Rock On, Dude!

Donna K said...

You and Carol are sure bringing the place alive for me. I hope to get back there someday and in the meantime, I'm enjoying all the pictures.

meowmomma said...

Dave, if you have a smart phone, a great sky app is "Night Sky". Also, if you want to know about a jet you see flying over "FlightAware".

We loved looking at the night sky when we boondocked in AZ!

JWB2 said...

Borax was discovered over 4000 years ago. Borax is usually found deep within the ground, although it has been mined near the surface in Death Valley, California since the 1800s.

Nice pictures. I love old mines.

John Bardin