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Until now, the biggest controversy involving the International Astronomical Union may have been its 2006 vote to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet. But on 4 August, the ongoing fight over a telescope planned for a sacred Hawaiian mountain spilled over to the IAU general assembly in Honolulu. Comment?
The quest to build one of the world's largest telescopes has radically reshaped the future of a Hawaiian mountain. On 26 May, Hawaii governor David Ige announced that the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope could be built on Mauna Kea as planned - but that three or four of the mountain's 13 existing telescopes must be dismantled over the next decade. Comment?
Protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope increased in early April, as construction was set to begin on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The battle over the Thirty Meter Telescope escalated on 21 April, as hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Honolulu to demonstrate against the planned observatory. Comment?
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