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Waimea Observatory/Planetarium

The twin, 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes (among the largest and most scientifically productive in the world) are also some of the most technologically advanced. Top global astronomy teams have used the scopes to make astounding discoveries, thanks in part to their location atop Maunakea, far above the turbulence of the atmosphere. The visitor center docents offer personalized tours and show you models of the telescopes and the Observatory, as well as one of the original instruments. You can peruse the exhibits and interpretive infographics at your own pace. About six times per year, highly renowned speakers, including Nobel Prize laureates, give free astronomy talks to the public. It's a great stop if you want to learn more about the telescopes without making the long journey up the mountain.

Observatory/Planetarium Free

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65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii  96743, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Closed Sat.–Mon.

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