Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter

This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy M106 with additional information captured by amateur astronomers. (STScI/AURA, R. Gendler via AP, File)

Dexter Kaiama joins demonstrators gathered to block Maunakea Access Road on July 15. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on April 13, 2017. The telescope’s 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. (Laura Betz/NASA via AP, File)

HONOLULU — When starlight from billions of years ago zips across the universe and finally comes into focus on Earth, astronomers want their telescopes to be in the best locations possible to see what’s out there.