Mauna Kea Observatories panorama

Astronomy and Society

Years of Tensions at Mauna Kea May End with Peaceful Negotiations

New stewardship of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that hosts some of the world's largest telescopes, could change the face of astronomy at the summit.

JWST

People, Places, and Events

Space and Astronomy in the Time of COVID-19

The ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on spaceflight, science, and professional and amateur astronomy.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

Astronomy and Society

Maunakea Observatories Shuttered Amid Protests (Update: Observatories Have Reopened)

As protests against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope continue, the directors of Maunakea Observatories have taken the unprecedented move of closing all observatories atop the mountain.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

People, Places, and Events

Thirty Meter Telescope Set to Begin Construction

Hawaiian Governor David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory have announced that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope will begin the week of July 15th.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

Professional Telescopes

Hawai'i Gives Go-Ahead to Thirty Meter Telescope

After protests and a judge's ruling brought the colossal Thirty Meter Telescope project to a halt, a state panel has cleared the way for its construction atop Mauna Kea to proceed.

TMT protest on April 2, 2015

Professional Telescopes

More Discord Over Thirty Meter Telescope

Clashes over building the premier telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and preserving Mauna Kea as a sacred site have intensified.

Professional Telescopes

Closure Nears for Two Observatories

Although not a total surprise, a decision announced on May 31st by the United Kingdom's Science and Technology Facilities Council means that two long-time residents of Mauna Kea's observatory complex might soon be shut down.

Astronomy & Observing News

A Megascope for Hawaii

There was a certain amount of politics behind the decision to site the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. But there was science behind the politics too.

Astronomy & Observing News

NASA to Conduct Environmental Impact Statement for Mauna Kea

Construction of the Keck "outrigger" telescopes should proceed in late 2004 after NASA assesses the results of the rigorous study.

Astronomy & Observing News

Keck "Outriggers" Face Additional Roadblocks

A recent court asks NASA to reevaluate the impact of telescope construction atop Mauna Kea.

Astronomy & Observing News

Tensions Erupt on Mauna Kea

A pending lawsuit could mean disaster for the Keck outrigger project.

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