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A corner of Geauga County might become a mecca for astronomy in Ohio.
Observatory Park is Ohio's and the Midwest's first "International Dark Sky Park," the third such in the United States.
The designation is provisional because the park is under construction, but the night sky is nearly as dark and clear in this county of 90,000 as it is in parts of the desolate Southwest.
Astronomers can escape the light pollution of Cleveland and see the Milky Way with the naked eye -- a view obscured by ground light in more than half of America's backyards.
It's this view that the Geauga Park District and area museums, universities and astronomers want to preserve and make more accessible to the public.

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An 8-ton telescope tucked within the woodlands of Geauga County may again bring the heavens to Earth.
The Geauga Park District intends to refurbish the mothballed telescope within the Nassau Observatory and open it for use. The park system announced Thursday that it has purchased the astronomical station and 281 acres from Case Western Reserve University.

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Case Western Reserve University has sold its Nassau Observatory in Geauga County because too much light in the area made it difficult to do research at night.
The 281-acre observatory on Clay Street in Montville Township was purchased by the Geauga Park District to become part of the new Observatory Park, which now totals 1,117 acres. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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