Mauna Kea to Haleakala

July 18, 2007


Provided and copyright by: Rick Stankiewicz
Summary authors & editors: Rick Stankiewicz

After seeing the amazing image from David Harrington (EPOD of April 13, 2007), I couldn't help but think of a reverse perspective image that I captured on my trip to the top of Mauna Kea in February of 2006. My wife and I were fortunate enough to be near the summit (13,796 ft or 4,205 m) around sunset, and from the base of the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope (looking north), this is the view we enjoyed. The mountain silhouetted in the background is Haleakala (10,023 ft or 3,055 m) on the island of Maui, 60 miles away (96 km). The observatory in the foreground is the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRIF) ­ note the opened dome. This is one of the thirteen telescope facilities on Mauna Kea. There's no stacking of images on this picture -- just one magical shot! See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for April 27, 2006.

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