Hawaii 06 15 02:Mauna Kea Summit

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Mauna Kea Summit

Hawaii big island Mauna Kea is the capital of world's astronomical research. It has the world's biggest and most expensive ground based telescopes because of the extremely calm and dry atmosphere. It is where Michael works for his PhD thesis. :)

The high altitude makes it difficult to work there. But ultra-modern telescopes on volcanic and lunar landscape offer spectacular views found nowhere else on this planet.


Mauna Kea from air

Mauna Kea from air

Hilo bay hotel

Hilo bay hotel

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Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler
Four wheel drive convertable ...

Lunar landscape

Lunar landscape

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CSO submillimeter telescope

CSO submillimeter telescope

The ridge

The ridge
From left to right: Canada-French-Hawaii telescope, Gemini North, Universoty of Hawaii telescope, United Kingdom IR telescope

Submillimeter Array

Submillimeter Array

Subaru telescope

Subaru telescope
This is the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Keck telescope

Keck telescope

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VLBA telescope

VLBA telescope

Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa
The biggest mountain in the world, and also the highest one if measured from the bottom under the sea.

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Volcanic landscape

Volcanic landscape

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Trail to the summit

Trail to the summit

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Crater rim

Crater rim

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)

Driving up

Driving up

Shadow of the mountain

Shadow of the mountain

Top of Mauna Kea

Top of Mauna Kea

Alien invasion!

Alien invasion!
Yellow coated space aliens and their shinny spaceship!

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CFH telescope

CFH telescope

Sea of clouds

Sea of clouds

Twin Keck

Twin Keck
They are the world's largest telescopes. Each of them has a mirror 10m in diameter.

Peek into deep space

Peek into deep space

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Sunset at Subaru

Sunset at Subaru

The lonely IRTF

The lonely IRTF

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Twin Kecks and Subaru

Twin Kecks and Subaru

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