Lunar Eclipse with Laser
This gorgeous view of the April 15th Lunar Eclipse was captured on top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii by photographer Andrew Richard Hara.
The top of Mauna Kea is one of the best places on Earth to observe the skies. It’s over 4000 meters high, putting it above many weather systems, and it is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, cutting down on light and particulate pollution from cities. Multiple observatories sit atop Mauna Kea, including the twin Keck Telescopes seen here at the right.
The Keck Telescopes have the ability to fire a laser into the sky; the laser is used to allow the optics of the telescope to correct for how light is traveling through the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as potentially defend the Earth from alien attack (sarcasm).
That setup creates this photo…a laser firing into the night from a telescope on top of a volcano during a lunar eclipse.
Was that phrase as fun to read as it was to write? Because it was awesome to write.
Image credit and copyright: Andrew Richard Hara
Photographer | Explorer | Imaging Specialist
Shared here with photographer’s permission.