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Updated Aug 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

San Tan Valley offers last view of Perseid meteor shower

Two Perseid meteors, centre and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a forest on the outskirts of Madrid, in the early hours of Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

PHOENIX -- The Perseid meteor shower is coming to a close but Valley residents can still get a last glimpse at it with a hike in San Tan Valley on Friday night.

The San Tan Mountain Regional Park is hosting a hike starting at 8 p.m. that park ranger Tishia Stewart said will offer great views of the shower.

"We've got some beautiful nighttime skies here, very little light pollution," she said.

Hikers will be taken on what Stewart called the Stargazer Loop, which runs about 2.2 miles and starts at the main trailhead.

Accompanying the views of the meteor shower, Stewart said astronomer Tony La Conte will lead the hike and guide people through the cosmos.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., La Conte will be teaching people to use sky maps to find their favorite constellations.

"He will be using his laser pointer to point out some constellations and we're going to looking for the Perseids meteor shower as they streak on by," Stewart said. "It's going to be fantastic."

Stewart said the hike is low-impact and anyone is welcome to join but said people should still come prepared.

"Bring a red flashlight instead of a white one because white light interferes with star gazing abilities," she said. "Also, if park guests will wear closed-toed shoes and bring some water, that would be great."

The entire trip around Stargazer Loop should take about an hour and half Stewart said, and people are welcome to bring their own chairs to sit and watch.

Those interested in joining the hike should meet at the flag pole by the visitor's center at 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek.

The hike is free Stewart said, but there is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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