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Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing

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Keck telescopes laser guide stars

The Keck telescopes use laser guide stars to capture images of distant galaxies almost unparalleled in their clarity on Earth.

Credit: Daniel Birchall, Subaru Telescope/NASA

I was recently having lunch at a lovely and only slightly overpriced cafe overlooking the Pacific in the historic resort region of Kailua-Kona on the dry side of Hawaii's "Big Island" (the island itself is also named Hawaii).

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