Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY... Just thought I’d post these images taken at Keck Observatory, which contains two of the largest optical telescopes in the world. Keck Observatory is situated on the summit of Mauna Kea, a 13,800 feet-high dormant volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Mauna Kea Observatories.

Back in 2000, I visited the island of Maui (as well as the island of Oahu...but a 1-hour stop at Honolulu International Airport on my way back to Los Angeles from Maui doesn’t really count as a visitation, haha), but one day I hope to go to the Big Island and see all of the observatories at Mauna Kea in person. One day.

One of the two 10-meter-in-diameter (33-feet-in-diameter) Keck telescopes.
Courtesy of W.M. Keck Observatory

As the Sun sets, the twin Keck telescopes prepare for another night of astronomical observations.

A laser shoots into the sky from one of the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea.

A close-up of the laser that's being shot into the sky by one of the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea.
Courtesy of NASA: APOD

The Milky Way looms high above the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii.
Courtesy of NorCal Blogs

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