Romancing the stars at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

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If the saying is true that lovers have “stars in their eyes,” then baby boomer romantics are sure to find them at Mt Lemmon SkyCenter near Tucson, Arizona. On February 13 and 14, 2009, Adam Block, Program Coordinator, will host “Astro Amor√©,” discussing mythology related to the night sky. He’ll assist star lovers with locating constellations associated with the mythology of love. He might even show you the Heart Nebula.

The stargazing telescope at Mt Lemmon Sky Center. Include this experience on your visit to Tucson, Arizona.
The stargazing telescope at Mt Lemmon SkyCenter

When Alan and I last visited Mt Lemmon SkyCenter, October frosts were turning the leaves to gold as we traveled up Catalina Highway to the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory. After arriving near the top of the 9,000 ft. plus mountain, we enjoyed a box dinner in the education complex while Adam introduced SkyNight participants to his award-winning photographs taken with the 24″ telescope.

Afterwards, we trooped outside to view the sunset. Photographers looked for a chance to capture the infamous green flash of light from the setting sun. When the sky became dark, we stood outside with star charts, locating planets and constellations.

But the 24″ telescope was the true star of the evening. As the group settled inside the observatory, Adam rotated the telescope finding wonders from the universe to share with us. The highlight of a night on Mt Lemmon involved pressing my eye against the view finder to see for myself.

Stargazing comes with a blazing sunset at Mt Lemmon SkyCenter in Tucson, Arizona.
Stargazing comes with a blazing sunset at Mt Lemmon SkyCenter

Alan and I are lucky that Mt Lemmon is practically in our own backyard. Although our Valentine’s night calls for different plans, we’re looking forward to a spring drive to Mt Lemmon for another chance to see the stars.

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