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Zoom in on Mauna Kea


Taking off from Hilo Airport and heading towards Oahu, the traveler often gets a fine view of the northern side of Mauna Kea and, in the distance, Mauna Loa. In this photograph, the late afternoon sun has created shadows that let us see many of the cinder cones on Mauna Kea. Notice the snow at the summit too!

Numerous large volcanic cinger cones can be seen at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano. These cones have proven to be ideal sites for the construction of the largest astronomical telescopes in the world, including the famous Keck telescopes. Here we can see some of these telescopes (the white dots) and the roadway that connects them.

Numerous large volcanic cinger cones can be seen at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano. These cones have proven to be ideal sites for the construction of the largest astronomical telescopes in the world, including the famous Keck telescopes. Here we can see some of these telescopes (the white dots) and the roadway that connects them.