May 17, 2018||Big Island: Weather and Nature


Gemini North Telescope Captures May 17 Kilauea Plume from Maunakea

What an incredible vantage point! This morning’s volcanic plume is visible in the video at about 0:39.

If you want to see sunrise or sunset from Maunakea for yourself, Hawaii Forest & Trail reports they are booked for tours through March 27 but have openings the following week. (If you’d like to recommend another tour provider, please mention them in the comments below.)

Kilauea Updates

For today’s update from USGS on activity at the Kilauea summit and in lower Puna, watch this video from their YouTube channel.

Learn more about the history and geology of the Kilauea Volcano here.

The photo above from USGS was taken at 7:45 a.m. HST and shows the view of Halema‘uma‘u crater from the visitor viewing area in front of the Jaggar Museum. A light coating of ash on the Park’s interpretative sign resulted from ash falling to the ground from explosive events of the past day.

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