Here’s an amazing (and scarey) video captured on June 22 from the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea of the burst from a Minuteman missile.
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A huge lightning storm on Mauna Kea knocked out the University of 41-year old Hawaii’s 2.2 meter telescope — the first on the mountain.
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The the twin domes of the Keck telescopes and the Japanese Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea are now using lasers for the observations and that has been making for some interesting photos of the summit at night.
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Mauna Kea had a rare 6 inch snow on Sunday, June 4.
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Police have suspended the search for Brian Murphy of Plymouth, Mich., who was 67 when he hiked into a blizzard on Mauna Kea in December 2007.
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Marksmen from helicopters are shooting sheep on Mauna Kea to protect the endangered palila Bird. The sheep eat mamane trees which is the source of seeds for the birds.
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A report says palila birds, a members of the honeycreeper family that live on Mauna Kea , have decreased from 4,400 in 2003 to about 1,200 in 2010.
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The Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea has found a planet that has liquid water.
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Nature Conservancy and Parker Ranch report they have found a Clermontia peleana singuliflora plant on a ohia tree on Mauna Kea. The plant had thought to be extinct was last seen on the Big Island in 1909.
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An article on the history of volcanology notes that Titus Coan, a Christian missionary in Hilo between 1835 and his death in 1882, who theorized how lava could travel so far from its vent. Coan was one of the first to document lava flows as he climbed up Mauna Loa and noted openings (now called skylights) through which they could see a molten lava stream below, flowing at a rate of 20 miles per hour. Coan said “As these lower branches [of the flow] were pushing slowly along upon level ground, and as the feeding flood had ceased to come down upon the surface from the … vent, but flowed in a subterranean duct or ducts …” and he called them “pyroduct” His observations were later challenged but are now accepted although pyroduct hasn’t quite caught on.
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