Mauna Kea, Hawaii
VLBA telescope at Mauna Kea
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Mauna Kea, a high dormant volcano on the "big island" of Hawaii, is an international site for astronomical observatories. Both optical and radio telescopes represent contributions from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Japan and the U.S.

Mauna Kea's popularity is directly related to its altitude - 4205 meters (13,796 ft.) above sea-level, which puts these telescopes above 40 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. This greatly increases the quality of observations made at short (millimeter) radio wavelengths and long (infrared) optical wavelengths. This site extends the longest VLBA baseline to 8600 kilometers.

As you can see, the top of the mountain is largely devoid of life. The observatory dome in the background contains the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

Map of Hawaii and the "big island"

Links related to Mauna Kea:

Mauna Kea / Brewster / Owens Valley / Kitt Peak / Pie Town / Los Alamos / Fort Davis / North Liberty / Hancock / St. Croix
Modified on Friday, 26-Sep-2008 12:16:59 MDT