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University of Hawaii observatory to get renovated in 2016


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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The oldest observatory on the Big Island's Mauna Kea is set to get a makeover in 2016 that will allow the nearly 46-year-old facility to operate largely on its own.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1OjPAVS ) that director of University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy Guenther Hasinger says the university plans to begin a $6 million renovation of its 2.2-meter telescope. He says the finished product, a "modern robotic telescope," will be able to open and close its dome automatically and make pre-programmed scans of the night sky.

Hasinger says $2.5 million in state funds and $500,000 in contributions will support the project.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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