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Hawaii land board approves Thirty Meter Telescope, but imposes conditions
The decision clears the way for the group managing the Thirty Meter Telescope project to negotiate a sublease for land with the University of Hawaii.
The telescope would be able to observe planets that orbit stars other than the sun and enable astronomers to watch new planets and stars being formed. It should also help scientists see some 13 billion light-years away for a glimpse into the early years of the universe. Construction costs are expected to top $1 billion.
The telescope’s segmented primary mirror, which is nearly 100 feet (30 meters) long, will give it nine times the collecting area of the largest optical telescopes in use today. Its images also will be three times sharper.
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Sources: Associated Press News Wire Service, The Washington Post.
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