An inactive volcano that houses 12 astronomical observatories in Hawaii

Mauna Kea: one of those places that inspire you to spend the time counting stars

The astronomical observatories of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, are a surprising place located at 4,207 meters above sea level. In 2011 I already talked about them for a mysterious bubble.

Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic have recorded a great time lapse video titled “Poli’ahu”, the name of the snow goddess of Hawaiian mythology, who have her residence at the top of Mauna Kea (a curious site for a snow goddess, as this colossal mountain is an inactive volcano). This summit has about 300 clear nights per year, so it’s a great place to enjoy the stars. By the way: I have spoken of “observatories” because there are twelve in all, with thirteen telescopes belonging to several countries. And I keep you no longer. I leave you here with the video:

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