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Closed Landfill Becomes International Dark Sky Park

A closed landfill and home of Energy Xchange, which uses landfill gas for greenhouses and artist’s studios, now has a new designation. The site was recently named the Blue Ridge Observatory and Star Park, which is the first dark sky park certified by the International Dark Sky Association in the Southeastern U.S. Future plans for the site, located 6 miles west of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, include an observatory with a 34-inch telescope which will be open to the public.

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