- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) - Officials with a Nantucket observatory say new utility poles are obstructing their view of the stars.

The Cape Cod Times reports (https://bit.ly/2hlc93a ) 45-foot tall utility poles have been installed near the Maria Mitchell Association’s Loines Observatory.

The newspaper says the poles were moved closer to the observatory to accommodate a new bicycle path.

Director of Astronomy Regina Jorgenson says one pole obstructs roughly 20 degrees of the observatory’s 180 degree view of the southern sky.

While the pole’s previous location also blocked some of the sky, Jorgenson says the obstructions have been at least doubled now.

Town administrator Libby Gibson wrote to the association that they’re trying to determine how much it would cost and how long it would take to either shorten the poles or place the wires underground.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodtimes.com


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