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Armagh Observatory and Queens University Belfast have secured a role in the construction of the worlds biggest and most revolutionary solar telescope. They are part of a consortium that includes seven other UK universities and Andor Technology to provide the cameras for the $344M super-telescope, which will be located in Hawaii.
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Solar telescope mirror to be shaped by the University of Arizona

The College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona (UA) was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by AURA, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (www.aura-astronomy.org), to polish the 4.2 m primary mirror blank being fabricated under contract with SCHOTT in Mainz, Germany for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), which will become the world's largest solar telescope when it becomes operational in Hawaii.
The large size and precision of the solar telescope's glass mirror--the primary focusing element that will create high-resolution images of the fine-scale structure of the sun--will allow the telescope to provide data that helps scientists to address basic questions of solar magnetism and how its changing outputs affect the Earth. The mirror itself will be 4.2 m in diameter and only 3 inches thick at the thickest point, making it twice as flexible as a similarly sized mirror polished at UA for the Discovery Channel Telescope in Flagstaff, AZ.

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Hawaiians are told telescope moving ahead

The federal government's Advanced Technology Solar Telescope is most likely coming to Haleakala, but whether Native Hawaiian groups want to - or should - participate in its establishment was a subject for debate Tuesday afternoon.
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Haleakala selected for solar scope

The federal government's Advanced Technology Solar Telescope, a highly controversial project to study the sun that's $23 million in planning and 10 years in the making - so far - will receive the money it needs to be built atop Haleakala.
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For nearly a decade, the "line in the lava" - as Kahu Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. put it recently - has been clearly delineated over the National Science Foundation's proposed 143-foot-tall solar telescope near the summit of Haleakala.
Native cultural preservationists and Haleakala purists oppose the $161 million Advanced Technology Solar Telescope as sacrilegious, unnecessary and flat-out insensitive and ugly.

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A supplemental draft environmental impact statement has been published for the proposed Advanced Technology Solar Telescope atop Haleakala.
The deadline for public comments is June 22.

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