Places to See - Mauna Kea Summit

The Mauna Kea summit is another highly unusual natural vista spotted with the most sophisticated tecnological devices for watching, taking pictures of and studying the stars, planets, black holes and other aspects of the universe. The summit is lined with globes containing some the most sophisticated telescopes known to man.

A snow covered crater at Mauna Kea's summit
A snow covered crater on Mauna Kea's summit
Some of the observatories at Mauna Kea
A line of observatories at Mauna Kea's summit
Observatory with Maui in the distance
An observatory with the Big Island at it's feet and Maui in the distance

The twin Keck Observatories
The twin Keck observatories are famous
Mauna Kea view is heavenly
Above the clouds at almost 14,000 feet above the sea
The highest point at the summit
The highest point on Mauna Kea's summit

The view from Mauna Kea's summit is spectacular
Looking down from heaven (Mauna Kea summit)
View of the tops of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa taken from an airplane above the clouds
Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa seen from an airplane above the clouds. Both are almost 14,000 feet above sea level and they are both long and low shield volcanos.

University of Hawaii picture of the observatories at the top of Mauna Kea
This is a picture of many, if not all, of the observatories. I took this picture from the University of Hawaii website. If you go there, you will find a complete list of all the observatories, who operates them, what they do, and information about visiting Mauna Kea's summit and visitor's center.