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New Bear Branch observatory will open window to Westminster sky

New Bear Branch observatory will open window to Westminster sky

Bear Branch Nature Center will open a whole new window into the universe Saturday, Aug. 22 with the grand opening of the new Westminster Astronomical Society observatory. At 6:30 p.m., the society and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Blaine F. Roelke Memorial Observatory, a dome structure housing a 14-inch telescope that will be available for public use. It's an invitation to a free star party and a day long-awaited by members of the astronomy club. "The event is really the culmination of a 10-year effort to bring an observatory to Carroll County," said Christian Ready, vice president of the Westminster Astronomical Society....

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