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The St. George Observatory is closing its doors.
Opened in 1999 off La. 311, the observatory is the place where local school children, scouts and others could learn about astronomy. Owner Ken Stage, 66, an astronomy buff who built the facility himself, said the observatory is closing May 30.

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Ken Stage, an astronomy buff and curator of St. George Observatory, said he may be forced to relocate the observatory because lights are making it difficult to see the stars.

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There's too much light in Schriever, so the St. George Observatory's curator is looking for a new location.

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Opelousas High School students sat outside facing a large telescope, part of a presentation by Ken Stage, curator of the St. George Observatory in Shriever, a town near Thibodaux in Terrebonne Parish.
Stage is on a twofold mission: One part is to educate young people about the mysteries of the known universe. He has taken his astronomy presentation on the road to schools around the state. The second is to find a new home for the observatory.


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Off the main highway in Schriever, where the skies are dark and sometimes clear, there's a stunning view of volcanoes on Mars and galaxies that nurse infant stars into existence.
Ken Stage, owner and curator of the St. George Observatory, is not an astronomer by profession, just an observer. But he is serious about studying the secrets of the universe.
His passion has driven him to convert the two-and-a-half acre backyard of his home into an observatory, lecture hall and biology lab devoted to studying all things great and small, from the distant nebulae visible only to NASA cameras in space, to algae in a backyard pond in Louisiana.

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Kenneth Stage has a better- equipped observatory than most universities, but he doesnt call himself an astronomer.

Im not an astronomer. Im curious about the universe. Ive been accused of being a professor, an intellectual, a scientist and an astronomer. To all of these accusations, I say acquitted on all counts. Ive studied the universe all of my adult life - Kenneth Stage

If all of that is true, then Stage is a very serious student.
In the pitch-black darkness of Friday night and early Saturday, Stage and fellow astronomy enthusiast, Dexter Ledoux, of Lafayette, are huddled around an ultra high-quality eyepiece mounted on the end of a 16-foot refractor telescope.

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