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FIRST CONTACT DARK SKY SPACE MEETUP

January 4, 2014

THE CONFERENCE IS CANCELLED!

I HAD A PROPOSAL:  Before the Space Access 2014 Conference in Phoenix this April, why don’t we invite the stars of new space to meet the stars of Hollywood in a place where one can really see Mars?  Unfortunately Space Access 2014 is cancelled because of important business pending for the conference manager Henry Vanderbilt.  http://www.space-access.org/updates/sau134.html    SO LET’S DO A PLACEHOLDER EVENT THIS YEAR!

There is a place near Phoenix where one can not only see Mars in the dark sky, but the campsite is pretty close to an off-world experience too.  But getting there is the best part of the adventure…are you ready to boldly go?  From Apache Junction Arizona take the Apache Trail north.  Not that many miles, but it will take about three hours to drive it, so leave early!  And leave your long trailers and motor homes behind too!

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CARS CAN MAKE IT OK…WITH A LITTLE EFFORT!

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JUST SQUEEZE BY!

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ENJOY THE VIEW…IT GETS BETTER

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TOP OF THE CANYON

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HEADING IN

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GOING DOWN

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BUT NOT THE SHORT-CUT!

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 I CAN SEE THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT!

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 LOOKING BACK…WE WERE THERE??

(And you get to go BACK that way too!)

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THE LAKE AT LAST!

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BURNT CORRAL CAMPGROUND

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NEVER LET THE ROCKET GUYS…

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LIGHT THE BARBEQUE!

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GETTING WARM …

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AS EVENING MOVES IN

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 GRILLIN ON THE UP-CHUCK WAGON!

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COFFEE, STEAK, AND BEANS FOR THE SPACE COWBOYS!

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DARK SKIES ARRIVE

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ALONG WITH A LITTLE RED STAR…MARS!

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 at 06:54 MDTT MINUS 99 AND COUNTING!
Mars’s orbit around the Sun will carry it to its closest point to the Earth – its perigee – passing within 0.62 AU of us. Since the size and brightness of Mars in the night sky both increase when it is close to us, the days around its perigee represent the best time to observe it.  http://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20140414_14_100

NEWS FLASH…ADD A FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE!   http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=52269

If my cheap digital camera can get this, any decent lens or telescope will get you a great view of the “Fourth Rock From The Sun”.  But wait till you see the galactic rim…the “Milky Way” in the desert sky.

Well camping isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but only Captain Picard drank that stuff anyway!  If you want to enjoy the early evening and go home that will be fine too.  Just remember you have three hours of Apache trail ahead of you…in the dark!

HEY:  I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH IDEAS HERE.  I am up for a “space flash mob” or dining out in Phoenix too.  The Landmark in Mesa http://www.landmarkrestaurant.com/ and Dirtwater Springs in Apache Junction http://www.dirtwatersprings.com/ are fun dining spots.  Goldfield http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/ is a western town and  show just north of Apache Junction on your way up the Apache Trail.  Did “Firefly” inspire any “Space Cowboys”?

So don’t sit around moping about the Space Access 2014 or attend the imposter in Europe…put in your own ideas!  David Luther  diluther@starband.net

PQT NO SURRENDER

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3 Comments
  1. morganism permalink

    Fish Creek in the dark?
    Why not just send them thru Globe to Roosevelt ?

    3 hours will get you to the Verde Valley too. Plenty of big scopes up here….

    • Yes, Henry Vanderbuilt made the same comment. Actually I take the trailer down from the north too. I will confess my sin in the next blog! Still the canyon is a great adventure for those who travel lightly. We could use more guidance in the astronomy department. Would YOU like to meet the rocket builders?
      David

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