Thursday, 2 April 2009

Mauna Kea live tonight: II

It's 10:45 at night and I took this photo just a few minutes ago, about one hour before we go live on air on Around the World in 80 Telescopes. I think it's one of my favourite photos. The telescopes you can see, from left to right, are the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO), the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) and the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA). Hualailai is visible in the distance to the far left. It's a beautiful night, if a little cloudy.

UKIRT in the moonlight.


Zuzana said...

Beautiful indeed; I like the contrast of the back and the white. Also what strikes me is the atmosphere of the picture, you can feel it is dusk, yet the sky is blue. Very nice indeed.
Is it really this much light at 10:45 in the evening?

Tom said...

It's actually very dark, but nothing that a very long exposure can't take care of!

Beep said...

Both pictures look like they are from places too beautiful to be real. Thank you for sharing them here.

Keera Ann Fox said...

The first photo looks - weird. Whoever thought to put a telescope next to a volcano's mouth? Earthlings. They get up to the darnedest things.