The CFHT dome on top of Mauna Kea - Hawaii

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Technical description:
The Mauna Kea volcano, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the best ground based astronomical observation site in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope sits on one of the best locations near the summit. 

The observatories on Mauna Kea benefit from the high altitude of the site (about 14,000 feet or 4,200 meters), resulting in a clearer and dryer atmosphere, a darker sky, more clear nights per year and most importantly, sharper images, thanks to the low turbulence of the atmosphere at the summit.

Credit line: "Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope / 2004"
Copyright © 2004 Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation