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The Joy of Tucson Stargazing

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One of the more remarkable surprises when one first arrives in Tucson is how clearly visible the night sky is. There are several factors in this: more clear days than most metro areas, the perception-altering vastness of Western landscapes, and the street light regulations, designed to minimize light pollution in deference to the important work being done at local observatories like Mount Graham. Watching a Leonid or Perseid meteor show just a few miles out in the desert is 10 times better than Laser Floyd, even! And one can't help but feel a renewed connection to the moon, with all its fascinating creatures and cheese. Yes, Tucson is an amateur stargazer's giant, high-def plasma-screen.

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