Telescope Construction On Sacred Hawaiian Ground Will Resume
The Thirty Meter Telescope is expected to collect astronomical imagery more detailed than even that of Hubble, but its construction has vocal critics.By Evan Thomas | June 24, 2015
Protesters are opposing the construction of a new telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii — again.
Progress on the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, stalled earlier this year after some protesters were arrested on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
The mountain ticks all the boxes for a perfect astronomy location. It's more than 12,000 feet up, above much of the visual interference from Earth's atmosphere. Air and light pollution are minimal, skies are clear some 300 days a year and Hawaii is close to the equator, meaning a wide arc of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres is visible from the ground. (Video via National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)