This picture is from the summit of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii.  Mauna Kea is a volcano, and if measured from its oceanic base, is significantly taller than Mt. Everest!  The summit rises to 13,796 ft but from the sea floor, measures 33,500 ft.

The observatories were created in the 1960’s on Mauna Kea because of its idyllic situation for star gazing.

If you visit the observatories at night, you will be amazed at how many stars you can see (ya, not to many visible from downtown Miami), so look for cheap flights to Hawaii and and check out the Mauna Kea Observatories for yourself, they’re pretty damn cool.