Sad news that two of the telescopes atop Mauna Kea will be losing funding. Word comes from Tom on his blog Pacific View…
• extend operation of JCMT to end September 2014, to allow for completion of the agreed science programme for the SCUBA-2 instrument on the JCMT
• cease STFC support for the operation of UKIRT from end September 2013, a year after the completion of its current survey programme
These shutdowns have been threatened for some time. It is disheartening to learn that the worst outcome is now reality.