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Second asteroid-hunting telescope going into service on Maui

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 6:25 p.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

WAILUKU >> The second Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System telescope atop Maui’s Haleakala volcano is expected to be operational next month.

The device is one of four powerful telescopes the University of Hawaii plans to set up to detect large asteroids and comets heading toward Earth.

The first Pan-STARRS telescope was installed at Haleakala in 2010.

The Maui News reported general contractor Armstrong Pacific has successfully retrofitted the old University of Tokyo Magnum observatory to accommodate Pan-STARRS-2.

The work included raising the observatory’s foundation and removing and replacing structural steel.

A comet spotted by the first Pan-STARRS telescope came close enough to Earth to be visible with binoculars earlier this year.

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