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Big Island Pictures - Mauna Kea Summit

Schedule Mauna Kea Tour for Stargazing at 13,796-ft summit
Big Island Pictures - Mauna Kea Summit - The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) hosts a world-class, 3.6-meter optical/infrared telescope. The observatory is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, a 13,803-feet, dormant volcano located on the island of Hawaii's highest mountain. The CFHT became operational in 1979. The mission of CFHT is to provide for its user community a versatile and state-of-the-art astronomical observing facility which is well matched to the scientific goals of that community and which fully exploits the potential of the Mauna Kea site.

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope is the only international Mauna Kea observatory belonging to Hawaii as well as to its two other international partners, Canada and France. CFHT played a leading role in establishing Mauna Kea as one of the best astronomical sites in the world. Canada's participation in the CFHT project has also been a very important step in the development of the Canadian astronomical community and placed Canada at the forefront of the international scene.

On April 2, 2009, Canada Post issued two domestic rate (54-cent) stamps to celebrate 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy and recognize the significant role that Canadians have played in uncovering the mysteries of outer space.
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