Toward Honoka'a


Almost directly north from the CFHT dome is the Hamakua coastal town of Honoka'a. Again, most of the lights in this town are of the low pressure sodium variety. A sport field often illuminated, however, features metal halide lamps which sometimes dominate the light from Honoka'a.

A bright spectrum in the center of the image (reverse dispersion from the town lights) is that of Polaris, the north star, off the top edge of the photograph. A handful of other fainter stellar spectra are also visible.

Photograph by John McDonald