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Old 01-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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The Arizona Sky

Every night, here in the Southern Arizona sky, Orion's belt rises in the East a bit after dark: three medium-bright stars in a short, near-straight, vertical row.
Before sunrise, Venus rises in near the same alignment: brighter, more sparkling.
And most folks simply brush their teeth and go to bed, and rise to coffee and the news.
While the rest of us celebrate and marvel in how nifty the real show is.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:16 PM   #2
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My wife and I have talked about the Arizona skies several times and somehow it is nicer there than other places we've been.

Always thought we were crazy but now I see some one else has noticed.
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I live just west of Phoenix and I marvel at the stars at night all of the time. I enjoy satellite spotting right at dusk. I can usually find 2 or 3 of them in the 20 minutes of perfect light.


The Milky Way is truly spectacular on a moonless night away from city lights. There is a campground just south of Gila Bend on the 8, where the petroglyph rocks are that is a perfect place to stargaze. If you take the "Petroglyph" exit and go west for about 8 miles you will run right into it. Dry camping is only a few bucks a night on the honor system and is never crowded. The camp host is friendly and helpful with any questions you would have. This place gets REALLY dark at night.
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Many years ago I took my DW on her 1st road trip from Maryland to CA. She being from the east had never really seen the sky. So we were well outside Vegas at about 11pm, when I pulled off the road shut off the engine & turned off the lights. She asked what I was doing, and I told her to get out....and look up. It was a clear moonless night ,and I swear you could reach out and touch the stars. She was to say the least stunned by the milky way and all that the heavens had to offer.
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I have seen this also down here but I see the hands and feet but haven't got the rest figured out yet.
On a cruise ship late at night and away from the lights it just neat soooo dark and brite stars. Saw my first military planes that u usually see in the daytime leaving a mist but at night, I thought it was a falling star but it wasn't. That was pretty cool too.
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The Milky Way is truly spectacular on a moonless night away from city lights. There is a campground just south of Gila Bend on the 8, where the petroglyph rocks are that is a perfect place to stargaze. If you take the "Petroglyph" exit and go west for about 8 miles you will run right into it. Dry camping is only a few bucks a night on the honor system and is never crowded. The camp host is friendly and helpful with any questions you would have. This place gets REALLY dark at night.
I have been there three times, and have also noticed how spectacular the night sky is there. This place is literally in the middle of nowhere.


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I believe that for the next couple weeks, aren't 4 planets aligned in the southern sky and clearly visible just before sunrise?
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