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Paul Garrett

I will take you to the stars in my chariot of fire

One of the greatest places in the world for viewing the heavens is from the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. This volcano rises 13,796 feet above sea level and has some of the cleanest and least turbulent air on the planet, which makes it perfect for star gazing.

We drove from Kona over the saddle road and up to the visitor center, which is located 9300 feet up the slopes of Mauna Kea. Just before sunset, volunteers at the center placed telescopes outside and we had the opportunity to view planets and stars through them, which is really cool. For instance, do you see the stars in this shot that form an upside down triangle? The point of light in the upper right of this formation is the planet Saturn, and the one to the lower right is mars.

As the sun’s last rays vanished, and darkness took the stage, the Milky Way shone bright in all of its glory. It was an amazing night : )

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