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New Telescope Installed at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

November 19, 2013
The telescope reveals the interesting features of Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

The telescope reveals the interesting features of Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

Check out the park’s new FREE ADA-accessible telescope with 180-degree viewing capability. The telescope magnifies the landscape by 20 times, from the summit of Mauna Loa, to the features of Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Kīlauea Caldera! Huge mahalo to our partners at Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association for funding this wonderful new feature!

Visitor Cheri from New York City marvels over her view of the outer ledge surrounding the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u

Visitor Cheri from New York City marvels over the piles of Pele’s hair that have accumulated on the closed section of Crater Rim Drive since the summit eruption began in 2008. 

Visitors were eager to look through the new telescope, which was installed Monday.

Visitors were eager to look through the new telescope, which was installed Monday.

Park visitor Cheri checks out steam plumes, rock falls, and other intriguing features at Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Note how clear Mauna Loa is in the background. But she couldn't take her eyes off Halema‘uma‘u. :)
Park visitor Cheri checks out steam plumes, rock falls, and other intriguing features at Halema‘uma‘u Crater on Tuesday morning. Note how clear Mauna Loa is in the background. But she couldn’t take her eyes off Halema‘uma‘u. :)

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The telescope is free for all visitors to enjoy. Come on down!

 

 

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