Friday, June 1, 2012

2 Mauna Kea Observatories May Close

NEWS by Kelly Beatty

Closure Nears for Two Hawaiian Observatories

Faced with too many telescopes and too little funding, U.K. officials have decided to close the country's two observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Today officials at the United Kingdom's Science and Technology Facilities Council announced their decision to stop funding two of the oldest observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Unless some other organization takes over their operation, the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) will cease operations in September 2013 and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope will close a year later.


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1 comment:

  1. Here's an idea. Cut off all taxpayer subsidied to the so-called "royal family," and use the money to fund these observatories. It's time to join the 21st century and get out of the 14th.