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Mercer University to Build Observatory in Crawford County

A telescope similar to this one pictured will be used at an observatory in Crawford County operated by Mercer University.

A telescope similar to this one pictured will be used at an observatory in Crawford County operated by Mercer University.

Mercer University will soon have an astronomical observatory in Crawford County.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) has agreed to lease 125 acres of property it owns in Crawford County to Mercer University for a period of 10 years, with two additional five-year options.

“This is an ideal location for an observatory that will work out well for us,” says Dr. Matt Marone, Mercer University Associate Professor in the Physics Department of the College of Liberal Arts who is leading the initiative to establish this local observatory. “This partnership will be good for the citizens of Middle Georgia.”

MWA Chairman Sam Hart agrees. Having worked for Mercer University in addition to serving currently as Authority Chairman, he has a unique perspective on this relationship and the role the Authority can play in liberal arts education.

“This partnership with Mercer University will greatly enhance our community and allow us to provide things educationally we weren’t able to previously,” says Chairman Hart. “I think as an Authority, we’ve been interested in facilitating stronger relationships with our schools; this partnership with Mercer – and the outstanding facility that will come to fruition as a result – reflects that desire to grow and expand all kinds of educational programs for kids, especially related to science, technology and engineering.”

(This article was excerpted from http://www.maconwater.org/news/MWA-helps-Mercer-reach-for-the-stars)