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Pele Rides Again

July 25, 2014

Did you miss out on the small explosions within Halema‘uma‘u Crater earlier this week? Not to worry! There’s still plenty of awe-inspiring beauty, natural phenomena, and excitement in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park every day. Photographer Ethan Tweedie missed the daytime explosions, too, but he captured nature’s astonishing glow and astronomy show at Halema‘uma‘u Wednesday night (July 24), from the Jaggar Museum overlook. See that dark feature in the Milky Way? That’s what astronomers call the Great Dark Horse, a dark nebula that obscures part of the Milky Way. The ability to see the Great Dark Horse with the naked eye is an indication that the skies are very dark and not affected by urban and industrial light pollution. Starry night skies and natural darkness are important components of the special places the National Park Service protects. National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide an excellent opportunity for the public to experience this endangered resource. The NPS is dedicated to protecting and sharing this resource for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Pele and the Great Dark Horse

Above the glow of Pele in Halema‘uma‘u Crater, the dark nebula, the Great Dark Horse, can be seen. Photo courtesy of Ethan Tweedie Photography.


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