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Overnight campout offers stargazers a unique view of the desert—both terrestrial and celestial—from expert guides

October 1, 2010 (Borrego Springs) – Noted astronomer and syndicated columnist Dennis Mammana, along with California Overland Desert Excursions, will hold an overnight campout under the clear, dark desert skies on Saturday/Sunday, October 9/10.  Visible that weekend will be such celestial showpieces as the Milky Way, the giant planet Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the brightening comet 103/P Hartley 2.



After an exciting excursion through the rugged Borrego Badlands, a mouth-watering chuck wagon dinner, campfire with S'mores, and more, Mammana will offer a captivating tour of the heavens with eye and telescope.


For nearly four decades, Dennis Mammana has brought the wonder and mystery of the cosmos to audiences around the world. He is a nationally syndicated columnist, a popular lecturer, and an invited member of TWAN (The World At Night)—an international team of the world’s most highly-acclaimed night sky photographers. He can be visited online at


Located in the heart of Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert, Borrego Springs has long been a haven for amateur astronomers. It has been designated by “USA Today” as one of the nation’s top ten stargazing locations, and in 2009 it was named as California’s first International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association.


For more information and reservations, call Joe Raffetto toll-free at 866.6.EXPLORE or (760)767-1232, or visit online at


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