SETI The barbarians are at the gates


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Thu, 01 Jul 1999 10:22:45 -0400


>Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 18:49:50 -0400 >From: JAY RESPLER <jrespler@superlink.net> >Organization: SkyViews Astronomy & Space information Web Site >X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.04 [en] (Win95; I) >To: jrespler@superlink.net >Subject: NEWS > >June 30, 1999 > > > National Briefs > > Town Approves Prison Astronomers Had Fought > > SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- Voters in this southeastern Vermont town of 10,000 > today narrowly approved a prison project that some astronomers say will > spoil the view of the heavens from an 80-year-old observatory by polluting > the sky with light. > > The measure was approved 1,633 to 1,564, a margin of 69 votes. Supporters said > the town needed the 160 jobs that the 350-bed state prison would bring. > > Stargazers were upset. The observatory, a national landmark, is the site of a > conference that attracts more than 2,000 amateur astronomers every summer. > > State officials said the prison lights, three miles from the planned prison, would not > ruin star viewing and noted that there were small towns that were closer to the > observatory than the prison would be. > > Maryann Arrien, the president of Springfield Telescope Makers, which maintains > the observatory, said she feared that the prison's lights would have a much greater > effect because they would stay on all night, while lights from the towns usually go > off. > THE ASSOCIATED PRESS > > Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company > >-- >Jay Respler >-- > JRespler@superlink.net >Sky Views: http://mars.superlink.net/jrespler/skyviews.htm > Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector > Freehold, New Jersey >



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