Mauna Kea Observatories

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The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) are a number of independent astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea Housed in a 525-acre special land use zone known as the 'Astronomy Precinct', the area is known for its dark skies from lack of light pollution, good astronomical seeing, low humidity, high elevation of 4,205 meters, position above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere, clean air, good weather and low latitude location.

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Lat: 19.821507 Lng: -155.470295

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4wd vehicle with low range only beyond the visitors station.



You can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about 2 hours, altitude sickness is a high possibility. It is highly recommend to stop at the Visitor Information Station to receive a weather update, safety info, & to adjust to the change in altitude. People who are pregnant or under the age of 13 should not go further than the info station.


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