Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii

Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii
Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii
Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii
Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii


Mauna Kea Observatories


The Mauna Kea Observatories can be found on the peak of Mauna Kea in the island of Hawaii.

The observatories are an independent collection of research facilities dedicated to the science of astronomy. The research facilities occupy 500 acres of land in the Mauna Kea Science Reserve zoned as the “Astronomy Precinct”, which was established in 1967. The precinct, because of its significance

to the Hawaiian culture, is located in an area under the protection of the Historical Preservation Act.

The site is ideal for astronomical observatories because of its dark skies, clean air, low humidity,

good weather and near equatorial location. The isolation and altitude of Mauna Kea in the middle of

the Pacific Ocean makes it one of the best spots on earth for ground-based astronomical study.

It is a perfect location infrared, optical and submillimeter observations.

Because Mauna Kea’s summit is so high, scientists and visitors are advised to acclimate to atmospheric pressure by staying at the lower portions for about half an hour before climbing up to the observatories at peak.

The observatories are managed by the University of Hawaii, which leases land to numerous

multi-national facilities. The university’s lessees have invested over two billion dollars in advancing the field of science and technology.

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