Hawaiian Interlude: Venus over Mauna Kea

photo by Ballard Avenue

There are about a dozen major astronomical observatories on top of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea. At 13,000 feet, the air is clear and the stars bright like nowhere else. The observatories have a visitor center at the 9,000 foot level. Volunteers operate telescopes you could never afford and show you all sorts of cool star stuff: Globular clusters. Binary pairs. Nebulae. Other galaxies. It's all amazing stuff.

Just after sunset that evening I snapped this picture of Venus.