UKIRT fans will be pleased to see the announcement here
As UK astronomers will know, UKIRT was slated for closure in September this year, but STFC invited proposals for new operators. The good news is that they have two serious bidders. The bad news is they won’t complete negotiations by September. The good news is that STFC has taken the sane decision to extend UKIRT operation through to December while this process continues. The even better news is that University of Hawaii has swallowed the legal responsibility. (For a suitable one off capital transfer methinks…)
UH also swallow responsibility for JCMT. But that has another year to work things out…
Anyhoo. Tally Ho
Update : it seems the news is even better than we thought !