Stargazing party set for this weekend in West Virginia

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GRANTSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – Amateur astronomers are signed up to watch the sky over central West Virginia this weekend.

The third annual Calhoun Stargaze is set for Friday through Sunday at the Calhoun County Park in Grantsville. The park is known for its pitch-dark conditions for favorable nighttime viewing.

Among the partners in the event are the Appalachian Regional Commission, the West Virginia Development Office, the University of Tennessee, Fairmont State University and the West Virginia University Extension Service.

University of Tennessee political scientist Tim Ezzell says in a news release that the event is aimed at expanding science in a rural area and showing that places like Calhoun County are “positive, important and necessary.”

Space is limited at the event. A small campground is located within the park.

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