Look Through the Eyes of Mauna Kea
The largest astronomical observatory in the world is located at the 13,796-foot summit of Mauna Kea. Here, international scientists work with a sophisticated array of telescopes to gather data about the vast celestial universe.
The mountain currently houses 13 working telescopes, and plans have been announced to build another, slated to be the largest on Earth. The new $1.2 billion telescope will be built by a consortium of California and Canadian universities and will be capable of tracking stars and galaxies some 13 billion light years away.
Mauna Kea means “white mountain,” so named for the snow that covers its slopes. It is the highest island mountain on Earth, rising 32,000 feet from its base on the ocean floor.