Controversial telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak

  • In this photo provided by Pi’ikea Keawekane-Stafford, state and county officials remove Native Hawaiian structures from Mauna Kea, Thursday, June 20, 2019. After years of protests and legal battles, Hawaii officials announced Thursday that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a volcano that some consider sacred. The state has issued a “notice to proceed” for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, Gov. David Ige said at a news conference. Ige said four unauthorized structures were removed from the Mauna Kea mountain earlier in the day. (Pi’ikea Keawekane-Stafford via AP)

HONOLULU — After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred.

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