Mitsubishi Starry Sky Project

January 13th, 2016 by

Mitsubishi as a whole (Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric) is a well-known contributor to environmental causes and preservation. While they commonly contribute money to other organizations, they have also developed their own environmental project — the Starry Sky Project.

The Starry Sky Project is an effort to connect people with the sky and preserve the clear skies on the planet. Though so far the project has had a large focus in Japan, University Mitsubishi wanted to explore the starry skies in the U.S. So each month, we will choose a new place people commonly visit for amazing star views. Though most of them will be located in Florida, our first is one of the U.S.’s best star-gazing spots, Mauna Kea located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mauna Kea reaches an elevation of almost 14,000 ft. and is home to the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. This reserve is one world’s best astronomical viewing observatories that is equipped with 13 high-powered telescopes. The observatory’s location above cloud coverage and on a remote far from a lot of light pollution makes Mauna Kea one of the world’s best places for viewing and photographing the night sky. While the warm beaches one of the best known Big Island attractions, the cold summit of Mauna Kea is just as popular.

The visitor center, located at 9,200 feet, is open 365-days a year and is accessible with 2-wheel drive vehicles, but visiting the summit is only recommended for four-wheel vehicles due to steep roads and winter-like conditions.

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