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Observatory in Action

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Mauna Kea-Hawaii - USA

Date: 2014 October 5

The Milky Way arcs across the pristine starry sky of Mauna Kea Observatories. The Gemini North telescope is beaming a laser to the atmosphere for adaptive optics operation. Located at altitude of about 4200 m over the Pacific Ocean, the Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the world's best observing locations, home to over a dozen giant telescopes.

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