Milky Way Shines in Orange Over Mauna Kea (Photo)

Mauna Kea Milky Way by Mike Beck
Astrophotographer Mike Beck took this image of the orange sky from Mauna Kea, Hawaii on June 28, 2016. (Image credit: Michael Beck)

On a tranquil Hawaii vacation, astrophotographer Mike Beck took a chance road trip — where he captured this image of the glimmering orange night sky.

"Lucky enough to be in Hawaii where I rented a car and drove up to the Ellison Onizuka Astronomy Center [June 28] at Mauna Kea and I was richly rewarded," Beck wrote in an email to

The Milky Way, the galaxy containing our own solar system , is a barred spiral galaxy with roughly 400 billion stars. The stars, along with gas and dust, appear as a band of light in the sky when seen from Earth. The galaxy stretches between 100,000 to 120,000 light-years  in diameter.

The Onizuka astronomy center is located atop the dormant volcano Mauna Kea, on Hawaii island. 

Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo you'd like to share it with and our news partners for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at

Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at:

Contributing Writer and Producer

Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.