Telescopes in Hawaii reopen after deal with protesters

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State authorities brokered the deal, which includes the construction of a temporary roadway built across hardened lava’around the protesters’ camp on the summit access road. Law enforcement will give protesters an advance list of all vehicles going up and down’to show that they are not associated with the TMT.

Astronomers are grateful for an end to the 4-week shutdown of the existing observatories’the longest in the 5-decade history of the Mauna Kea observatories. ‘It was very far-reaching,’ says Sarah Bosman of University College London, who lost 3 nights of time to observe distant galaxies with the twin W. M. Keck Observatory telescopes. ‘Every area of astronomy was affected by this.’

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Date: 2019-08-13T14:33:47-04:00
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Quite a lot has been going on:

Hawaii governor withdraws emergency order for telescope protesters

HONOLULU ‘ Hawaii’s governor on Tuesday rescinded an emergency proclamation put in place to deal with native Hawaiian protesters who are blocking a road to prevent the construction of a giant telescope at a mountain summit they consider sacred.

Hurricane Erick, approaching from the east, is forecast to pass south of the Big Island later this week. Following right after is Hurricane Flossie, which appears on track to come close to the islands early next week.

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The governor declared an emergency on July 17 to give law enforcement more authority to close areas of the mountain and to use additional National Guard troops to help deliver construction gear.

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Workers at existing Mauna Kea telescopes to return to work

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Workers at existing telescopes atop Mauna Kea will return to work after assurances from the state to afford them easier access to the summit.

Friday’s announcement by the Maunakea Observatories, doesn’t clear Thirty Meter Telescope protesters from the Mauna Kea Access Road.

Instead, officials said that observatory employees will use Old Saddle Road and a section of unpaved lava to get to the summit.

‘The big change is the statement of support that I feel we have from the authorities that we have safe access to the mountain and from the mountain,’ said Andy Adamson, Associate Director of Hawaii Site for Gemini Observatory.

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Date: 2019-08-10T05:39:09.121Z
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Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time

HONOLULU (AP) ‘ Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Telescopes in Hawaii reopen after deal with protesters ... at the 12 observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii returned to work on 10 August, after a deal was made with protesters blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Planets orbiting stars other than our own.

This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii’s tallest mountain as a protest blocks the road to the summit, one of the world’s premier sites for studying the skies.

Astronomers said Friday they will attempt to resume observations, but they have already lost four weeks of viewing ‘ and in some cases won’t be able to make up the missed research. Telescopes in Hawaii reopen after deal with protesters ... at the 12 observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii returned to work on 10 August, after a deal was made with protesters blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). State authorities brokered the deal, which includes the construction of a temporary roadway built across hardened lava around the protesters’ camp on the summit access road. Protesters, who are trying to stop the construction of yet another telescope at the site, say they should not be blamed for the shutdown.

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