CALHOUN 'REACHING FOR THE STARS' - Dark Skies Project Vision Presented

(04/03/2015)

Shae Straight and Fairmont University students present
video visioning the dark skies project at Calhoun Park

Calhoun Park's Dark Skies observatory is on-track with development plans moving forward, according to Tim Ezzell, Ph.D. Research Scientist with the University of Tennessee.

Ezzell told park board members and the Calhoun commissioners that additional development grants have been obtained and that the Appalachian Regional Commission is "excited" about making the park a national stargazing destination.

A number of funded and development activates for 2015 were announced, with efforts being directed toward official certification as a dark skies area.

Tim Ezzell meets with park board members, Calhoun commissioners
and community members saying funders are excited about project

Shae Strait and the architectural/development team from Fairmont State University presented a concept or visionary video of what would be included in the park's development.

Calhoun is one of few places left in America that the night skies are not blurred by artificial light, making it a popular destination for astronomers.

Ezzell said the park has enormous possibilities as an attraction, with additional elements in the plan attached to stargazing.

More than 300 astronomers responded to a survey done last year, supporting the project.

Group views video of proposed Night Skies development

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