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Hawaii picked as site for world's largest telescope

PUKALANI, Hawaii (WKOW) -- The National Science Foundation has picked a site for the world's largest telescope, the top of Maui's Haleakala Volcano.

The federal agency picked the dormant volcano last week.

The $300 million project will be built among a cluster of observatories near Haleakala's summit.

It allow scientists to observe sunspots, flares and other space phenomena too small to be seen with current equipment.

Opponents say the project would defile a place sacred to the native Hawaiians.

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources must approve the project.

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