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Giant telescope set to rise on hallowed peak in Hawaii

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Science  28 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6447, pp. 1220
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6447.1220

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Last week, the state of Hawaii gave astronomers a green light to begin to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which would rise on the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea as one of the largest telescopes in the world. Project leaders say they are set to begin construction after a 4-year delay caused by sit-down protests and court challenges from Native Hawaiians opposed to structures on a site they consider sacred. Although legal barriers are now removed, opponents say they will still try to block access to the road that leads up to the 4200-meter-high summit. Some astronomers worry the threat of disruptions and even violence will persist.

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