June 22, 2015 | Raquel

Astronomers rejoice - a giant new telescope will be built in Hawaii. However, not everyone has been so enthusiastic. Some of the local population objected to the location of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), and construction was delayed because of their concerns.

TMT will be 144 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope and should provide astronomers with some incredible images. They hope it will aid study of the early universe.

The clear air atop Hawaii's high mountains is great for astronomy. But I think greater care should be taken to respect the land, culture and people living there.


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TMT will be located on Mauna Kea, a volcano already host to 13 astronomical telescopes.


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