Protests Resume in Hawaii With Start of Thirty Meter Telescope Construction

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Telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. (Credit: EastVillage Images/Shutterstock)

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has had a tumultuous start. Set to be the world’s largest visible light telescope, construction was slated to begin in 2015 near the peak of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. But protests over construction on a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians stalled the project and sent it back to the courts. As a result, the TMT had to restart the lengthy approval process.

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