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The Subaru Telescope Atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii: A Photo Tour

Cosmic Window

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The eyepiece (bottom) of the massive Subaru telescope.

Carting Instruments Around

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The custom-built cart that moves along a track to change out the instruments on the bottom of the Subaru telescope.

Secondary Mirror

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Subaru's secondary mirror (the dome above it is closed).

Dust Protection

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Enormous vents throughout the building keep the temperature the same while barring dust, debris, and fast-blowing winds.

The Dome Door

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The door to the dome: how Subaru peers out at the heavens above.

Making Tracks

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Tracks in the floor leading to the large silver doors of the instrument storage rooms.

Instrument Swap Demo

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Nemanja "Nem" Jovanovic demonstrates how the crane changes out the instruments.

Telescope Selfie!

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Space.com contributor Nola Taylor Redd couldn't resist taking this epic selfie in the mirror of one of Subaru's instruments.

Mirror View

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An image of the instrument mirror.

Telescope Controls

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The control console looks like a throwback to the '70s, but Jovanovic said similar machines are common in telescopes around the world.

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