mauna kea telescopes

UH Astronomy Event Sparks Dialogue on TMT Project

Aug 31, 2019
Casey Harlow

Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea was a central focus at the Astronomy in Hawaii event at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Friday.

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Three of the thirteen telescopes on Mauna Kea are set to be decommissioned before the planned Thirty Meter Telescope is built. This could involve relocating one of the telescopes elsewhere on the mountain, and that has its own issues.

W. M. Keck Observatory

The telescopes on Mauna Kea are billion-dollar instruments that require daily maintenance to stay in good working order. As access restrictions continue for a third week, many are developing serious problems.

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There are 12 observatories operating 13 telescopes on Mauna Kea. Astronomy workers, who are members of the local community, are struggling to find a balance between pursuing scientific discovery and acknowledging cultural concerns.

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For Stargazer, we hear about a Mauna Kea discovery relating to rogue black holes at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week we hear about a team effort on the Mauna Kea summit to assist with a NASA mission making an exciting planetary fly-by this week as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

On Stargazer, we’ll hear about some objects to look for in our evening skies this week, plus hear about a new piece of equipment at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

Learn more at the Subaru Telescope website.  

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week on Stargazer, it’s a return to the Subaru Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery of a dwarf galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week on Stargazer, we hear about some planets to try and spot in our dark island skies and learn about a new piece of technology up at the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

For today’s Stargazer, we hear about a Mauna Kea summit discovery relating to dark matter, and a galaxy thought to be almost entirely made up of it, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

This week on Stargazer we are returning to Ceres, where NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is making an incredibly close pass to the dwarf planet; we learn more as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Learn more about the mission here.