Sunset at Mauna Kea

At the top of the tallest volcanic mountains on Hawaii are the world’s premier telescopes.  They are here because the air is calm and dry, high above the clouds and turbulence of lower elevations.  The tradeoff is cold and snow, a small price to pay for the chance to explore the secrets of the universe.

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Mauna Kea, Hawaii
3 January 2017
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The Belt of Venus

The rosy glow of scattered twilight in the East is known as the “Belt of Venus”, which rides above the deep blue of Earth’s shadow on the sky.  Here it is witnessed from the vantage of Hawaii’s tallest peak, Mauna Kea, as the world’s premier telescopes prepare for another evening of peering into the universe.

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Mauna Kea, Hawaii
3 January 2017
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