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ATLAS observatory atop Hawai’i’s Mauna Loa volcano watching eruption closely

Astronomers are watching with Hawai’i residents as the largest volcano on Earth erupts for the first time in decades.

Mauna Loa, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, began spilling lava late on Sunday (Nov. 27) in its first eruption since 1984. Although most of the island’s astronomy is perched atop the neighboring summit of Maunakea, a few space-related facilities could be at risk, depending on how the eruption unfolds.



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