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Mauna Kea's Thirty Meter Telescope

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Construction is expected to resume on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope in Honolulu. The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted to impose an emergency rule to keep protesters from interfering with the project. Campers were already being turned away, but now no one can be within a mile of the mountain's access road during certain nighttime hours, unless they're in a moving vehicle.

Sacred Ground
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano, but it's altitude and location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean make it an ideal place to stargaze. Protesters want construction halted because they maintain the telescope is being built on sacred ground. Aside from it's great views of the night sky, the mountain is home to many unique and rare plant and animal species. Some think this newest ruling also infringes on the rights of the people who live there because it denies them access to the mountain for cultural and religious practices.
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It will stand 18-stories and tunnel two stories into the mountain. An estimated two-million cubic feet of earth will be removed from the mountain top. When it's complete it will be the most advanced and most powerful optical telescope on earth. It will give astronomers a look at stars throughout our Milky
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