Lā 166: Astronomie 30 Meter in den Sternen

Deutschlandfunk  by,Von Dirk Lorenzen Post 8.9.2015

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Auf Mauna Kea, dem höchsten Berg Hawaiis, soll in einigen Jahren das größte Teleskop der Welt stehen. Doch seit Monaten protestiert ein Teil der Ureinwohner der Inselgruppe gegen den Bau des Instruments. Die Gegner meinen, das Großteleskop zerstöre die spirituelle Kraft des Berges.

Völlig hilflos reagierte die Internationale Astronomische Union IAU auf diese Proteste. Der Weltverband der Astronomen tat bei seiner Generalversammlung in der ersten Augusthälfte in Honolulu so, als ginge ihn die Angelegenheit nichts an.

Es gab keinerlei Veranstaltung, zu der Gegner und Befürworter unter den Ureinwohnern eingeladen waren. Dabei hatten die Teleskopgegner den Kongress für etliche Aktionen genutzt: Vor dem Konferenzzentrum standen Mahnwachen und eine Demonstration mit dreitausend Teilnehmern zog mitten durch Waikiki.
Als nach einem öffentlichen Abendvortrag über die Astronomie in Hawaii eine Einheimische das Wort ergriff und einige Minuten lang ihren ablehnenden Standpunkt sehr klar darlegte, waren die Astronomen völlig überrumpelt.
Statt spontan das Programm zu ändern und über das Problem zu sprechen, bat man, die Diskussion um gut eine Stunde zu verschieben - weil zunächst der geplante Vortrag über das Schwarze Loch in der Milchstraße stattfinden müsse. Bis dahin war die Kritikerin allerdings gegangen.
Am 27. August hat die mündliche Verhandlung vor dem Verfassungsgericht des Staates Hawaii stattgefunden. Das Gericht muss in den kommenden Monaten entscheiden, ob die Baugenehmigung für das 30-Meter-Teleskop rechtmäßig ist.

Translation:  Shannon Rudolph

On Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in Hawaii, to be in a few years, the largest telescope in the world. But for months protesting some of the inhabitants of the island group against the construction of the instrument. Opponents believe that the large telescope destroy the spiritual power of the mountain.

By Dirk Lorenzen

Nearly 3,000 (10,000) people protested in Waikiki and Others against the TMT

Website of the TMT
For specific information about the protests against the construction on Mauna Kea

The Aloha Aina Unity March in August
Totally helpless, the International Astronomical Union IAU responded to these protests. The World Association of astronomers did at its General Assembly in the first half of August in Honolulu as it would refer the matter to nothing.
There was no event, were invited to the opponents and supporters among the aborigines.

The telescope opponents had used the Congress for several actions: Before the conference center were vigils and a demonstration with three thousand participants was passing along Waikiki.

As for a public lecture on astronomy in Hawaii a locals took the floor and a few minutes their negative viewpoint expounded very clear, the astronomers were completely taken by surprise.

Instead spontaneously to alter the program and talk about the problem, they asked to postpone the discussion about a good hour - because initially the planned lecture would take place over the black hole in the Milky Way. Until then, the critic was however gone.

On August 27, the hearing was held before the Constitutional Court of the State of Hawaii. The court must decide in the coming months whether the building permit for the 30-meter telescope is lawful.

"Yesterday there was a short feature about the Sacredness of Mauna Kea and the Aloha Aina movement against the TMT being broadcast in the show "Sternzeit" (Star Time) on the radio station "Deutschlandradio" (Radio Germany) in Germany. It was being mentioned that the astronomers were acting very helpless and ignorant towards the concerns of the Native Hawaiians and that they missed the chance for an open dialogue during the Aloha Aina Unity March!"

 Pua Case