With clear skies and the absence of lights plus a low light ordinance, Tucson in many ways is the Astronomy capital of the world. In many ways, Arizona has had a long love affair with astronomy that goes back to native cultures and even with ancient peoples like the Anasazi who have left many pictographs with astronomical themes.
Surrounding Tucson, is a plethora of observatories located on different mountain peaks like Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow, and Mount Grahm. Probably the most well known is the Kitt observatory located 56 miles southwest of Tucson in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Kitt Peak National Observatory, is part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.
With the low light ordinance in Tucson, the night skies near my home are very clear during the evenings. As a result, shooting stars and even space stations are quite prominent as they move across the sky.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.