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W. M. Keck Observatory Headquarters Visitor Center

  • 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy. Map It
  • Waimea (Hawaii County)
  • Observatory/Planetarium

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Visit the Waimea-based headquarters of the twin Keck Observatory 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes (the largest and most scientifically productive in the world), which feature advanced instrumentation including imagers, multiobject spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, and leading adaptive-optics systems. Top global astronomy teams use the scopes to make astounding discoveries, thanks to the instruments' power, precision, and location atop Mauna Kea far above the turbulence of the atmosphere. The visitor center docents offer personalized tours and show you models of the telescopes and observatories, as well as one of the original instruments. You can peruse the exhibits and interpretive infographics at your own pace. It's a good stop if you want to learn more about the telescopes without making the long journey up the mountain.

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

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  • Free

Published 01/10/2017


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