Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's getting crowded on the summit...

of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii as it has been selected as the site for construction of the world's largest optical telescope with a 30 m diameter mirror. This location is already host to 12 telescopes, several of them are already among the largest instruments on Earth.

I visited the 13,803 ft (4,207 m) summit to see this astronomical heaven in August 2007 when I snapped this image of the Subaru (Japan) and Keck I and II (U.S.) telescopes getting ready for their observing session for the evening as the sun was setting:

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