The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, November 5, 2018

Opponents Plan to Stop Controversial Hawaiian Telescope's Construction 'At Whatever Cost'

Now, a controversial, state-of-the-art telescope is set to break ground along Mauna Kea’s slopes. Last Tuesday, the Hawaiian Supreme Court ruled to approve the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), an observatory that would have the ability to gaze farther into the universe than any current telescope can. Its creation could literally transform our understanding of the world. But that’s only if community members allow it to be built, and opponents don’t plan on backing down easily.


I guess if I were a native Hawaiian I too would resent the construction of a great all-seeing eye atop my traditional burying ground or whatever. Yes, "we" stole the land. But there comes a time when you just have to get over it. I say we should pay off the appropriate protetsters, with jobs if necessary, and carry on trying to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Be happy it's not a germ warfare research facility or something like that.

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Is it as big as the very big telescope in China that the government is finding it hard to recruit a workforce for?

Is there any point building a telescope to brag about if there's a bigger one in China?

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 6, 2018 6:36:48 AM