STAR CITY OVER MAUNA KEA HAWAII
Photo Credit: Adam Pass: CLICK for larger photo and see below for related information and links.
What a wonderful shot of a meteor streaking through the Milky Way Galaxy above some of the massive telescopes to include the famous 8.1 meter Gemini North Observatory atop the 13,796 foot high Mauna Kea Mountain in Hawaii. With no neighboring mountain peaks or ranges this mountain top hosts the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared and submillimeter astronomy which is appropriate for the world’s largest mountain from its base: http://geology.com/records/highest-mountain-in-the-world.shtml
Aside from the massive Gemini North Telescope there are three others in this photo: (From left to right): The 3.6m Canada, France, Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Next we skip over Gemini North to the 2.2m University of Hawaii (UH2.2) Telescope and finally the 3.8m United Kingdom Infrared Observatory (UKIRT).
Not shown here are the 3.0m NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (NITF) which I will assume by looking at this photo is directly behind the photographer. Also not shown are the massive twin 10m W.M. Keck Telescopes and the 8.3m Subaru Telescope operated by Japan. Across the way to your right I suppose would be the 15m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) for submillimeter astronomy and operated by the UK, the 10.4m Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) and the 8-6m Submillimeter Array (SMA) operated by Taiwan, the UH Hilo Educational Telescope and 3 miles below the summit is the 25m in diameter Very Long baseline Array (VLBA).
I placed links to all of the telescopes below, check em out!
Adam Pass page with this photo: http://www.adampass.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=7&p=3&a=0&at=0
Mauna Kea Observatory; University of Hawaii Astronomy:
Canada/France/Hawaii Telescope (CFHT):
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (NITF):
University of Hawaii 2.2m Telescope (UH2.2):
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT):
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT):
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array (SMA):
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO):
University of Hawaii Hilo Educational Telescope:
Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA):