Saturday, October 3, 2015

Astronomy - Hawaii

I recently took a trip to Hawaii with friends.  This is one of the things we did.

My trip to Hawaii was put together by Science Getaways.  Science Getaways was created by Marcella Setter, spouse of The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait.  So it wouldn't be a trip without a dose of astronomy.

We chartered a pair of buses to take our group to Mauna Kea at sunset.  At the top of Mauna Kea are a collection of at least a dozen telescopes at its 13,000+ foot peak.  I was amazed at the variety of domes that housed the various instruments.

(On a side note, as you can see in the last picture, it feels like nearly every rental car is either a Jeep or a Camaro convertible.)

Afterwards we found a quiet place on the mountain and did some stargazing of our own with a couple of eleven inch scopes.  All in all an enjoyable evening.

Be good, have fun,

Bonus Track:
Seth Boyer is an accomplished musician and song writer.  He often tours with Marian Call.  This version of this song is the only version you should ever listen to.  It shows what the song really means.

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