Free Articles  >>  Advice >>  Page 226  >> 

The Keck Telescope At Mauna Kea

The natural sciences, as the name implies, study the phenomenon that occur in nature, and though our knowledge of this grows day by day, we still have limitations in what we know and how we can observe nature. In the science of astronomy, which makes a study of the heavens, we're actually limited by the very air in our atmosphere, which helps to diffuse light coming in and interferes with our views of space.

But sometimes, nature itself seems to help us around our limitations. The twin Keck telescopes, located on the dormant volcano Mauna Kea, is an example of how natural conditions have allowed us to overcome limitations we would find almost everywhere else on Earth and further the cause of science. There are several features that made Mauna Kea the perfect site to place the powerful Keck telescopes.


Mauna Kea is the highest point in Hawaii, but even beyond that, it's technically the tallest mountain in the world. Everest holds claim to the highest elevation, but Mauna Kea tops it in size at over 33,000 feet. While more than half of this is underwater, the remaining bit of mountain above sea level still puts this summit observatory where the air is thin and where there is very little water vapor in the air. This means that the Keck telescopes get a view with less interference from what's in the air than most places on earth.

The Lay of the Land

Locating an observatory on a tall mountain is great for avoiding pollution in the atmosphere, but one would think that reaching the summit would be difficult to manage. However, Mauna Kea doesn't have just height as a key feature. It's what is called a shield volcano, which means that its sides have a very shallow slope, which makes trucking materials and people up to the summit a piece of cake. Because of this, building and staffing the Keck telescopes was an easy thing to do.

In addition to this, despite being a chain of islands formed from volcanic activity, the region around the Mauna Kea is very stable. Also, the lava flows in Hawaii tend to be small and manageable, so in the unlikely event of an eruption, the danger to the Keck telescopes would be minimal.

The Perfect Location

The beautiful beaches and great weather aren't the reason the Keck telescopes are located in Hawaii, but the miles of ocean around the Hawaiian Islands are a good reason to locate a place devoted to astronomy. Because most of the area around the Hawaiian Islands is ocean, there's less places where cities and towns can be built, which cuts down on light pollution from street lights, lamps, and so on.

This means the stars in the sky have less light from below to compete with. Little things like this would be difficult to find anywhere else in the world, and because of this, the Keck telescopes are located in one of the most uniquely perfect regions to study the stars in. This is one of the few times where nature itself seems to conspire to help us study the universe around us.
About Author Ann Marier :

Ann Marier writes informative articles about family life and general health issues, Her lastest are about telescopes and the start world. Click on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to read all the different telescope articles Click on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to see the other general health articles

Article Source:
Article Url:

Article Added on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Other Articles by Ann Marier

Reflecting Telescope Information
When viewing distant objects through the use of a telescope, the most important part of that telescope is called the objective. The objective is that component of the telescope that has the ability of gathering the light that is available. Obviously, the larger the objective the greater is the capacity of the telescope to gather light which in turn allows the viewed image to be better visualized. In addition, there are two types of telescopes. One type of telescope is called the refractor...

With An Antique Telescope Will You Have To View Skepticism
In a world of science and technology it is often interesting to note that all our developments in observing the stars began when the Earth was believed to be the center of the universe and telescopes while having advanced enormously in the last few decades they have virtually remained unchanged for their basic premise. So it is nice to be able to take an antique telescope and view the stars as they were seen years ago. Prior to beginning your search for an antique telescope the collector...

The Orion Telescope Is Ideal For Amateurs To Hone Theirs Skills
With a telescope, anyone can enjoy the wonders of astronomy regardless of age, income or level of knowledge. Orion telescopes help turn ordinary people into avid astronomers and turn them on to the pleasures of amateur astronomy. The Orion telescopes are available in three fundamental designs each of which gather as well as focus light in different ways. The first of these types are refractor telescopes that use lenses and the second is the reflector telescopes that use mirrors. The third...

Publishers / Webmasters
Article ID: 61594
DELINK URL from Authors Bio
REMOVE Article
Tell A Friend
Leave A Comment!
Download this article in PDF
Report Article!
Search through all the articles:

626 Users Online !
Related Articles:
Latest Articles:
Advice >> Top 50 Articles on Advice
Category - >
Advertising Advice Affiliate Programs Automobiles
Be Your Own Mentor Careers Communication Consumers
CopyWriting Crime Domain Names DoT com Entrepreneur Corner
Ebooks Ecommerce Education Email
Entertainment Environment Family Finance And Business
Food & Drink Gardening Health & Fitness Hobbies
Home Business Home Improvement Humour House Holds
Internet And Computers Kiddos and Teens Legal Matters Mail Order
Management Marketing Marriage MetaPhysical
Motivational MultiMedia Multi Level Marketing NewsLetters
Pets Psychology Religion Parenting
Politics Sales Science Search Engine Optimization
Site Promotion Sports Technology Travel
Web Development Web Hosting WeightLoss Women's Corner
Writing Miscellaneous Articles Real Estate Arts And Crafts

Disclaimer: The information presented and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the views of and/or its owners.

Copyright AwareINDIA. All rights reserved || Privacy Policy || Terms Of Use || Author Guidelines || Free Articles
FAQs Link To Us || Submit An Article || Free Downloads|| Contact Us || Site Map  || Advertise with Us ||
Click here for Special webhosting packages for visitors of this website only!
Vastu Shastra

Economy Linux Hosting with cPanel Provided By AwareIndia

Company IDS