HONOLULU (AP) - A Mauna Kea telescope that was knocked out by lightning more than two months ago has been repaired and is fully operational again.
The University of Hawaii's 2.2-meter telescope became fully usable once more on Wednesday evening.
Telescope Director Colin Aspin said Friday the final problem that needed to be repaired was a faulty electronics card that helped synchronize the movement of the telescope dome and the telescope itself.
The telescope went offline during the weekend of June 4-5, when tens of thousands of lightning flashes were recorded around the state.
It wasn't clear if a direct lightning strike knocked out the telescope or if the problem was caused by a lightning strike on Saddle Road that affected power going to the mountain.