The Maua Kea Observatory on Big Island is the highest peak in Hawaii, 4207 meters above sea level. If you start at the foot of a mountain in the sea, it will be 1023 meters higher than Everest. It has the world's most advanced Observatory and is a famous sunset and star-watching resort. Despite the bad weather, we still want to see it. Driving all the way up the hill, the fog is very big, and the car on the hill is one of us. The impression is that after passing through a fog area, suddenly there is a super tall tree on the left side, which is somewhat strange. There is nothing around it but that tree. The American suspense film is visual sense! _______ It was rainy and rainy all the way. When everyone was in a slump, with a bend, suddenly their sight became clear. Everyone was surprised. The sunset in the clouds was about to begin. Everything was so bright. We stopped to catch the surprise on the roadside. Not far away was the tourist center. My brother saw others climbing the nearby hillside and rushed when we reflected it. In the past. Of course, if you drive a four-wheel drive, you can get to the top of the mountain, but we should stay in the tourist center to watch the stars for the sake of safety because we are a seven-seat car. Before that, the family who also listened to me said that when they got to the top of the mountain, their mother had a rebellion and went down in a few minutes, and went home without looking at the stars because she was not well. So before we go, we should make preparations, set aside a certain time, or we can stay in the tourist center for more time before going up.
It took two hours to drive up the hill from Hilton. The scenery along the way was wonderful. After experiencing the wonderful feeling from summer to winter, it is very cold on the mountain, so we have to take winter clothes. The visitor center is not big. There is free hot water at the entrance. It can make cup noodles or coffee to warm hands. After dark, the stars are the most beautiful stars I've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's very difficult for ordinary cameras to take pictures. They can only stay in my mind forever.
Up to the top of the mountain, there are many observatories. Because the visibility of Mauna Kea is very high, it is one of the best places for astronomical observation. There are many large observatories. Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to visit. And because of the fear that the lights will affect the astronomical observation on the top of the mountain, it will be dark, so the car will have to go downhill.
When the sun has set and the moon has not yet risen, the sky holds up a clear blue, stars like the sand of the Ganges are shining with silver light, and they are springing up on our heads. The constellations of the Milky Way seem to be close at hand. Go down to the tourist center. The astronomical telescopes have been moved out one by one for debugging. This photo can't be taken again, and flash is not allowed.
One of the most worthwhile places to visit on the Big Island, if you can feel the shock of the earth when you go to the Volcano Park, then you can feel the shock of the universe! When night falls, the sky is full of stars. Let US city people who don't know what the stars are, indulge in them, and hope to have the opportunity to witness this beautiful moment!
Up to the top, the observatory is in front. The water droplets on the front windshield are clearly visible in the photo, which is the mark left by the drizzle along the road. It's nice to have a sunny peak. Clouds gathered around us, and we were again surrounded by clouds, 3960 meters above sea level, and the weather was cold. I wonder if I can see the sunset and the stars tonight.
The temperature near the Observatory is 2 - 5 degrees Celsius, but the wind is strong, so the body feels colder. If you don't follow the group, please pack down clothes. Because of the strong wind, I was painfully slapped several times by the button of my overcoat...
It's hard to imagine that there should be snow mountains in Hawaii. Mauna Kea means "white mountain" in the local language of Hawaii. It's also a sacred place in the hearts of Hawaiians. Mauna Kea's summit is recognized as the best observatory site in the world, so it is home to the world's top astronomers and observatories. The special location of the top of the mountain, 300 clear nights a year, can almost see the low latitude of the sky near the northern latitude of 20 degrees in the northern and southern hemispheres, and the low density of the population makes man-made pollution sources very slight. All these factors contribute to Mauna Kea's beautiful sky.