Arun Waves

June 1, 2011

Dark Sky viewpoint around Phoenix

Filed under: Astronomy — Arun @ 5:46 pm
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You may scream ARE YOU CRAZY? or more appropriately ARE YOU BLIND? Dark sky in Phoenix, one of the most light polluted cities in continental US!!!!!!!!

Yup I am talking of THE Phoenix in Arizona 🙂 granted it is not the best dark sky location but hey give it some credit for being just 40miles from the city center and you can still see the Andromeda galaxy (M31)

Where to find it ………. head out in a North-Eastern direction on highway 87 (Beeline Hwy), keep going and cross Fort McDowell Road and then Bush Highway, watch for a big green sign saying “Four Peaks *something*” on your right leading to a dirt road; just drive in couple minutes and ta-da you are there.

Dark spot 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the board you would see after which you will make a right turn into the dirt road; there will be a cattle guard also.

Dark spot

 

 

 

 

Don’t believe me!? check out these pics that I took there, see the little light smudge at 2 o’clock position (click the image to go to Flickr and see the notes) …………..
Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

Hey I even took a shot of Perseid meteor shower (click the image to go to Flickr and see the notes) …………..
Perseids meteor shower

NOTE: This spot is lonely (depending on the day of the year) and very dark AND you will hear animals that howl, so use common sense and be alert.

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1 Comment »

  1. We’re visiting for spring training games and took a trip out to find this spot. The directions were perfect and everything was exactly as it was written. The only problem was we did it on a night with a half moon so the skies weren’t as dark as they could have been. Thanks for the post!

    Comment by Tom Vansaghi — March 19, 2016 @ 10:26 pm | Reply


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