[ExI] Update on the Hawaiian observatory shutdown
avant at sollegro.com
Sat Sep 21 17:56:35 UTC 2019
Quoting John Clark:
> > All I am saying that the astronomers should not give up.
> I disagree. I hate to say this but the astronomers are never going
> to win this fight. Now that protestors are organizing to stop
> astronomers from moving to La Palma in the Canary islands, the
> (distant) second best observing site in the northern hemisphere,
This I don't understand. Is this the design for the telescope a
hideous eyesore? Does it spew toxic waste? That conflict has nothing
to do with religion, race, or colonialism. The protesters there are
affluent mostly white Europeans.
> I think it's time for astronomers to face reality and make the
> painful decision to abandon half the universe and build the
> magnificent telescope at Dome C in Antarctica or in the Atacama
> Desert of Peru in the southern hemisphere where people are more
> civilized than in the north.
If the TMT is of any use in detecting asteroids posing a threat to the
biosphere or even a hypothetical off-world invasion fleet, then it is
a existential risk to NOT build it in the northern hemisphere which is
where 90% of the human population lives.
> The wonders that exist in deep space in the northern half of the
> universe, as well as near earth asteroids and comets, will have to
> wait for future generations to find, generations that are more
The astronomers really need to spin this NEO detection angle. I doubt
environmentalists want to go extinct. It might work on the Hawaiians
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