Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mauna Kea Observatories

Our first day in Hawaii we flew from Oahu to the Big Island, and drove to Mauna Kea.  It's the tallest mountain in the world, 13,796 feet above sea level; 32,000 feet from the Ocean Floor.  It's considered the most sacred place in all the Hawaiian Islands, and before we started our journey to the top a beautiful blessing was given.  Then just as you reach the summit you can see gorgeous, white and silver domes...the telescopes.  The world's largest observatory.  We were very fortunate to be able to go inside the Keck Telescope.  It was quite the experience being at almost 14,000 feet above sea level, and seeing inside the massive telescope.  The view wasn't so good on that day...it was very cloudy, but still amazing.


Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Deb - how beautiful and special...hope you have a lovely vacation. My folks went to Hawaii many years ago and said it is so gorgeous there. Thanks for the photos.

Candy said...

Deb, your husband is a sweetie! What a wonderful gift! I've never been to Hawaii, but it's on the list I keep of places we're going to visit. Mauna Kea sounds amazing. Fun, fun, fun!

Brian said...

That is sooooo darn cool!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh what a wonderful trip you are having!!!

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