PhysLink.com Logo
Back to School Sale
Back to School Sale

Question

Does seismic activity on Mauna Kea effect the operation of the telescopes there?
Asked by: Captain Darryl Welch

Answer

Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. Seismic activity is much less of a concern than wind.

The summit of Mauna Kea is home to a dozen or so world-class observatories. The largest, and most well-known is the Keck Observatory.

According to their official website:

'On the telescope, each segment's figure is kept stable by a system of extremely stable support structures and adjustable warping harnesses. During observing, a computer-controlled system of sensors and actuators (or precision pistons) adjusts the position of each segment - relative to its neighbors - to an accuracy of four nanometers, or 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.'

You can learn more about the W.M. Keck Observatory here: http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu:3636/
Answered by: Charles Hill, Network Engineer, Deltona, FL
xUmp Science eStore

Science Quote

James Clerk Maxwell Photo

'For the sake of persons of ... different types, scientific truth should be presented in different forms, and should be regarded as equally scientific, whether it appears in the robust form and the vivid coloring of a physical illustration, or in the tenuity and paleness of a symbolic expression.'

James Clerk Maxwell
(1831-1879)


- All rights reserved. © Copyright '1995-'2018 PhysLink.com