Sunset from Mauna Kea Summit
September 04, 2002
This photograph of an Hawaiian sunset taken on August 18, 2002 shows that you don't necessarily have to be looking through a telescope form an observatory in order to enjoy the best views of evening twilight - being outside next to one will do quite nicely. At Mauna Kea, on the Big Island (Hawaii), clear, dry skies and a 13,796-foot [4,205-meter] elevation provide nearly ideal viewing conditions. Thus far, 10 nations have built state-of-the-art telescopes on the summit of this dormant volcano. Note that Venus, just emerging from the waning twilight, can be seen at the top center of the photo.