Mauna Kea telescope back up after lightning strike

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.

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