THIRTY-METER TELESCOPE FOCUS OF GOVERNOR’S MEETING

December 19, 2008, 10:13 AM HST · Updated December 19, 6:27 PM
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Governor Linda Lingle is meeting with the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara today to discuss the possibility of locating the planned Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The project is a partnership between UCSB, the California Institute of Technology, AURA and an organization of Canadian universities.  Mauna Kea is one of two candidate sites under consideration for the $1 billion telescope-the other is in Chile’s Atacama Desert.  Cultural sensitivities to the site location on Hawaii island was one of the hot topics raised during the island’s mayoral elections in November.

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(Posted:  9:25 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2008 by Wendy Osher, Pacific Radio Group)

(Image Courtesy: tmt.org, An artist’s concept showing the segmented primary mirror, which has 492 hexagonal segments arranged into an f/1 hyperboloidal mirror)

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