Mauna Kea Brush Fire Reroutes Traffic on Saddle Road

Authorities report that a brush fire that has caused rerouting of traffic on Saddle Road on Mauna is 60 percent contained. Traffic is being detoured through an old section of Saddle Road and Mauna Kea State Recreation Area remains closed until further notice. The fire has included dramatic video footage of tornadic like fire. Authorities said they have arrested a man for arson in the fire.

Other articles have suggested the fire might be radioactive because of uranium coated shells at the army site.


Posted in General and tagged , , by with no comments yet.

New Study Says Precipitation Was 3X What It Is Now During Mauna Kea’s Glacier Period

A study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters by scientists from Oregon State University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of British Columbia and U.S. Geological Survey and supported by the National Science Foundation investigates the ancient glaciers on Mauna Kea and the impact of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, or AMOC, in the North Atlantic Ocean. The study says that at the time it was both colder and there was huge increase of precipitation on Mauna Kea — triple that of the present — and there were more frequent cyclonic storm events hitting the Hawaiian Islands from the north. Mauna Kea had a glacial ice cap of about 70 square kilometers until 14,500 years ago.


Posted in General and tagged , , , by with no comments yet.

Sarah Palin Might Be Right: Kodiak Is Bigger Than Hawaii Island (in terms of coastline)

The Anchorage Daily News has an amusing tale of determining the U.S. largest island — Kodiak Island or the Island Of Hawaii. The debate was spurred by Sarah Palin’s calling Kodiak the biggest. The News concluded that Hawaii is the biggest is in terms of square miles but Kodiak is bigger in terms of coastline. The article notes that Kodiak is often lumped together with various smaller islands associated with it. We wandered into the discussion because of a key word celebrating cartographer Bradford Washburn who has stunning photos of the mountain.


Posted in General and tagged , , by with no comments yet.

Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea Photographs First Planet

The Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea is the first land based telescope to photograph a planet outside the solar system.


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , by with no comments yet.

Hawaii’s Wet Season was the Driest in 30 Years

Hawaii has closed portions of the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and the Kaohe Game Management Area through August 31 because of drought. This is in wake of the National Weather Service announcement that the October 2009 to April 2010 Hawaiian Islands wet season was the driest in the past 30 years.


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , by with no comments yet.

$1 Lease for Ground Under Mauna Kea Telescopes Stirring Controversy

The $1/year state lease to the University of Hawaii for the telescopes atop Mauna Kea is stirring some controversy as plans are moving forward for the new billion 30-metre telescope and the State of Hawaii is facing budget deficits. Here’s one of the numerous blogs opposing the arrangement.


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , by with no comments yet.

Space Race: 42-metre telescope in Chile tops 30-metre scope on Mauna Kea for Top Opt

Ground hasn’t even been broken on Mauna Kea for the new 30 Metre Telescope which is scheduled to become operational in 2018 and was billed as the world’s largest telescope. Now comes plans the 42-metre European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) to be built atop Cerro Armazones in Chile which is to also come online in 2018.


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , by with no comments yet.

Environmental Impact Statement for World’s Largest Observatory on Mauna Kea

The Mauna Kea Management Board has recommended approval of the enivronmental impact statement for the Thirty Meter Telescope which would be the world’s largest and most advanced observatory if it is built. If the approval is achieved construction would begin in 2011 and it would be completed in 2018. Video Wikipedia


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , by with no comments yet.

Toxoplasmosis Outbreak in Mauna Kea Feral Cats

The Honoluluadvertiser reports that a third of the feral cats on the Mauna Kea west slope between 6,500 to 9,000 have toxoplasmosis, a protozoan parasite.


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged , by with comments disabled.

Grand Canary Telescope Tops Mauna Kea for World's Biggest

Largest telescope starts gazing Guardian Unlimited, UK – Jul 12, 2007 A powerful array of 36 separate mirrors form a single mirror that is 10.4 metres (34ft) wide, 4% larger than the Keck telescopes at Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

(more…)


Posted in Uncategorized and tagged by with no comments yet.
%d bloggers like this: