Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the world’s most well-known astrophysicists, published an opinion piece on the Thirty Meter Telescope controversy on Wednesday, offering another perspective he says “may have been overlooked in the heat of debates.”
Despite this quiet period, the Kia’i, those who call themselves protectors of Mauna Kea are warning their supporters to expect law enforcement action in the next 30 days.“We are being notified that law enforcement is considering using excessive force by way of chemical dispersants to punish and sup
The man responsible for prosecuting the mostly Native Hawaiian elders arrested for protesting construction of a giant telescope said there is no conflict of interest, even though his son works for one of the embattled project’s partners.
Thirty Meter Telescope officials acknowledge that their backup site atop a peak on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma is a comparable observatory location, and that it wouldn’t cost more money or take extra time to build it there.
The existing telescopes continue to sit idle during this fourth week of the TMT protest on Mauna Kea. The lack of research has frustrated scientists and technicians say getting up to the summit to do maintenance has been a struggle.
Macfarlane, despite currently residing in San Diego, traveled home to the islands this weekend to join protestors at Mauna Kea on the Big Island in their peaceful protest against the construction of the heavily-debated Thirty-Meter Telescope.