Preparing for the construction of thirty meterThe telescope has been underway since 2015, the project will cost $ 1.4 billion. It is planned that the segment mirror will collect nine times more light than any of the existing optical telescopes. It should be commissioned in 2027.
Activists were opposed to the construction. According to them, the beliefs of the native Hawaiians do not take into account the construction plans for which Mount Mauna Kea is sacred.
Opponents of the project filed a lawsuit at the University of Hawaii, but the state supreme court with four votes to one. In this case, an observatory with several research centers is already working on Mauna Kea.
Earlier, the Russian ground-space observatoryRadioastron has found evidence that in the center of the galaxy OJ287 there are a couple of supermassive black holes that rotate at a short distance from each other.