Gemini North Telescope Captures May 17 Kilauea Plume from Maunakea

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

Footage was obtained from the 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Maunakea by a camera used to monitor the sky for remote operations of the telescope.

April 11, 2014||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Sunset from Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii 

Visiting Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island When one thinks of a Hawaiian sunset we most often think of Waikiki, the Kona-Kohala Coast, or west Maui. However, one of Hawaii's most glorious sunsets can be viewed from the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, approximately 6 miles high as measured from the sea floor. In the late winter months and early spring, Mauna Kea is often layered in snow. Sometimes folks bring down a truck full of snow and dump it on a corner in town, building a snowman that delights all who catch a glimpse during the brief time it will last in our warm Hawaii weather. When conditions are right, you can even see snowboarders on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Our mountain is also home to some of the worlds largest telescopes. The Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet is ideal for an evening of star gazing with telescopes set up for visitors to enjoy the universe from the perspective... Read More 

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June 5, 2012||Big Island: History and Culture, Big Island: Weather and Nature

NASA's Transit of Venus Video "Hawaii and the Cosmos" 

NASA's official Sun-Earth Day webcast for the Transit of Venus is happening today from the observatories on Mauna Kea. Throughout the day, videos exploring Hawaiian culture and Hawaii's past and current relationship with astronomy are included in the broadcast. Read More 

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November 10, 2011||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Hawaii's Big Island Is a Stargazer's Paradise 

What a thrill it was see the International Space Station from Waimea earlier this week and to know there are astronauts aboard flying the craft at 17,000 mph 342 miles above the earth! Opportunities like this are just one of the joys of skygazing on the Big Island. With just a little advance planning, Big Island residents and visitors can see all kinds of wonderful sights with the naked eye or binoculars, including the Southern Cross, the Milky Way (both spectacular sights in summer) and Omega Centauri. Read More 

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