Exploring Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii!
Observatories and Sky Watching Atop a Big Island Volcano
Question: Where can you, on a clear night, see both the North Star and the Southern Cross, while standing in the snow, and having been at the beach the same day?
There can only be a few correct answers to that question. The only one that I can vouch for is: Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.
How high up are you to have snow in Hawaii? Well, if you count from sea level, Mauna Kea is about 13,796 feet up, about the same as a respectable Cascade or perhaps one of the Rocky Mountains.
Mauna Kea Volcano – Earth’s Highest Mountain
But if you count from the ocean floor? Geologically, Mauna Kea is Earth’s highest mountain — 33,500 feet from it’s seafloor base to volcanic peak. And it feels that way, like the top of the world. Check out this month’s National Geographic for a full fold-out poster depiction of this amazing mountain in the middle of the ocean. Read more:http://www.hawaiianbeachrentals.com/hawaiitravelblog/big-island-vacation-information/exploring-mauna-kea.html #hawaii #bigisland #maunakea #telescopes #skywatching #volcanoes