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The fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea could be linked to a looming, lesser-known fight at the Hawaii Supreme Court over a Haleakala telescope.
On the same day 31 protesters were arrested trying to stop construction of the giant Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, lawyers appeared at the Hawaii Supreme Court attempting to block another major mountaintop astronomy project.
The $300 million Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, in the works on Maui for over a decade, is under construction in the Science City area of the summit of Haleakala. When it is completed in 2019, the largest solar telescope in the world will give astronomers the best view of the sun they've ever had.