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  January 30, 2011
Soon after leaving Hilo for Honolulu on December 28, 2010 the author was able to obtain this picture
of the summit of Mauna Kea, some 13,800 feet above sea level.  On the 'Big Island', Mauna Kea and
Mauna Loa (13,679') faintly seen at the left in the distance, are two of the five 'hotspot' volcanoes
that form the island of Hawai'i.  Although 'Loa is also used for atmospheric and solar studies, 'Kea
houses 12 astronomical telescopes for radio and optical science investigations, and is considered the
world's largest research complex of its kind.  In this image, the actual summit of 'Kea is just to the
right of center, with the Gemini North 8-meter telescope the first dome to its right.  Temperature
extremes at the summit range from 75o F in the summer down to 12o F in the winter.

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