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

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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