Shown here is timelapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The summit is at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft (4200 m) and is the premiere site for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the scenes include the laser adaptive optics systems of the telescopes, which are used to correct for the turbulence of the atmosphere and thereby obtain sharper images.
Some of my favorite still images of Mauna Kea can be found at sgphotos.com/photostories/maunakea. Please notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to featuring this video. I can be found on flickr at flickr.com/photos/geekyrocketguy/. This video can be viewed in 4K at youtube.com/watch?v=H1JOU2iDKeM&.
This is the sequel to the viral video "Mauna Kea Heavens," which can be viewed at vimeo.com/75542539.
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