Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Comet Neowise Viewing
when Trip Report : Saturday, July 18, 2020
where Maricopa
the hike     This is a comet viewing event. No real hiking needed.
    If you want to watch the heavens as Comet Neowise, one of the brightest comets in a generation, starts climbing ever higher among the evening stars, come and join us. A majority of comets fly through the solar system invisible to humans, usually too small and dim to be seen with the naked eye. The last frozen ice ball that gave us a big show was Hale-Bopp, a comet that was visible for nearly 18 months around its closest approach to Earth in 1997. Officially designated C/2020 F3, Comet Neowise was discovered on March 27 and had until this week been visible only to committed comet viewers willing to wake up in the early pre-dawn hours. But on Monday, Neowise tipped into the post-sunset sky and has even been spotted by people living near city centers with all the light pollution.
    “It’s the first time in 23 years that this is possible,” said Federica Spoto, an astronomer at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “You can watch it from your backyard and you don’t need a telescope.”
Required:
•  Lots of water
•  Flashlight
Recommended:
•  Snacks
•  Camera
distance 0 miles
time 1-2 hours
EC 0' elevation change
rating "D"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no, in the dark they could be a problem
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Maricopa
meet 7:00 PM in Maricopa at Basha’s at Maricopa Hwy(347) & W Smith Enke Rd.(238), in the north part of their parking lot.
drive
•  From the parking lot take 238 west to 91st Ave.
Follow 91st Ave around the bend until it dead ends at 99th Ave.
Turn right onto the good dirt road and drive maybe 1 mile to a good spot to look northwest to see the comet.
Wait here until 8:30 to 9:00 PM to get a good look at the comet.
Return home.

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