Hawaii 2011

View from the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii, to the telescopes of the Submillimeter Array and Mauna Loa at sunrise
View from the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii, to the telescopes of the Submillimeter Array and Mauna Loa at sunrise

After one of the nights of observation at the Subaru telescope in Hawaii, I was given a guided tour of the telescope and was then able to enjoy the sunrise from the “catwalk”. In the image above you can see the shadow of the mountain I’m on projected onto the other tall mountain on the Big Island.

At an altitude of more than 4 km you are almost always above the clouds, so there is little rainfall/snow. And due to the volcanic formation, the landscape looks like lunar landscape. As a contrast, another photo 40 km away and 4 km further down.

West Coast north of Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
West Coast north of Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

This was the trip where I rode my bicycle to the airport.

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