US environmental study launched for Thirty Meter Telescope

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  • This 3D artist rendering shows the Thirty Meter Telescope against a backdrop of other Maunakea telescopes. The National Science Foundation said Tuesday it plans to conduct a study to evaluate the environmental effects of building one of the world’s largest optical telescopes on sites selected on the Big Island and Spain’s Canary Islands. (COURTESY NAOJ/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — The National Science Foundation said Tuesday it plans to conduct a study to evaluate the environmental effects of building one of the world’s largest optical telescopes on sites selected on the Big Island and Spain’s Canary Islands.