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Milky Way at Haleakala Summit

Milky Way at Haleakala Summit

Island of Maui

Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala's graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the Island of Maui. Haleakala means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian, and legend has it that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to make the day last even longer.

In March 2015, I had the unique opportunity to stay at the Haleakala Amateur Astronomers' complex on the top of Haleakala summit. It was the week of the new moon, so we were hoping for some incredible Milky Way, sunrise and sunset pictures.
Haleakala is one of the most important observing sites in the world. Lying above the tropical inversion layer it experiences superb seeing conditions and dominant clear skies.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) have named the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope under construction on Haleakala, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. The name memorializes the late senator's profound commitment to fundamental scientific research and discovery, particularly in astronomy. When completed in 2019, the Inouye telescope will be the world's premier ground-based solar observatory – more powerful than any other in the world. Armed with this new instrument, astronomers will be equipped to glean new insights into solar phenomena and discover new information for understanding how our nearest star works, and for protecting the nation's vital space-based assets, the power grid and communication and weather satellites. #hawaiiunveiled.com

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