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UH gets approval to build $300 million telescope on Haleakala

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012

The University of Hawaii says the state is allowing the school to build the world's largest solar optical telescope on Maui's Haleakala volcano.

The university said today that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources last week reaffirmed its decision approving the project.

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood says the school is eager to move forward on the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope.

The $300 million telescope will be built on a half-acre among a cluster of observatories near Haleakala's summit. It will allow scientists to observe sunspots, flares and other phenomena too small to be seen with current equipment.

Supporters say the telescope will advance understanding of the sun. Opponents say it will defile a place sacred to Native Hawaiians.

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false wrote:
Portugal just announced that their astronauts will be going to the sun. They planned to go at night because the sun is not so hot at night.
on November 13,2012 | 05:26PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Right on! Science over superstition!
on November 13,2012 | 05:26PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Who is going to pay this $300 million? I hope it is not from our taxes.
on November 13,2012 | 06:05PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
What the h3II!!! They can afford this but can't afford to fund the athletic department to build new stadium and other athletic facilities. How many telescope do we need? $300 million! Where did they even get this money?
on November 13,2012 | 08:15PM
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