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The telescope is allowed to build on the sacred volcano

Телескоп разрешили строить на священном вулканеThe statement does not indicate specific dates.

The Supreme court of the state of Hawaii (USA) were allowed to build a giant new telescope on top of Mauna Kea, which the locals consider a sacred place. Now scientists will be able to resume a break of several years the erection of the thirty-meter telescope. This was reported on the official website of the tool.

The top of Vulcan lane-Kea – one of the best places in the world for astronomical observations. The highest point of the mountain rising above sea level to 4205 meters, is characterized by a clear atmosphere and low humidity. Now there are more than a dozen telescopes, primarily from the United States. In particular, there is an Observatory William Keck, the primary instrument on the first two ten-meter optical telescope, which remained the largest of such devices from 1993 to 2007.

American astronomers have long wanted to start at the top of the construction of a new tool next-generation – thirty-meter-telescope (Thirty Meter Telescope – TMT). However the initiative group of local residents began to protest against the construction of the tool, as this, according to them, destroys the sacred place. In 2015, the protesters blocked the road, preventing the beginning of construction of buildings. Since then there have been numerous proceedings in the courts of different instances, who made different decisions, but now the astronomers arose, the state Supreme court.

“We are excited to resume work in Hawaii and will continue to follow the laws of the state and the country to determine further steps,” said Henry Yang, head of the Board of governors of the international Observatory TMT.

The statement does not indicate specific dates when work will resume. Before the court decision, they wanted to move the construction of the Canary Islands, where there are also several astronomical instruments.

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