- Associated Press - Sunday, January 25, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - An asteroid warning system that includes a telescope atop Haleakala is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Maui News (https://ow.ly/HUArY ) reported Sunday the Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System will be installed in an existing facility at the Haleakala High Altitude Observatory Site.

The Institute for Astronomy says the system will be capable of providing a one-week warning for a 50-yard diameter asteroid and three weeks for a 150-yard diameter one.

The institute says the system will also look for dwarf planets, supernova explosions and flashes of light that occur when a star is gobbled up by a massive black hole in a distant galaxy.

NASA is providing $5 million over five years for the project that includes eight telescopes, including one at Mauna Kea.



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Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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