The shadow of Mauna Kea – a dormant volcano and the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii – cast by the rising sun. Just to the right, Haleakala – a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian island of Maui – is rising out of the clouds. Because of its height above sea level, Mauna Kea is the site of many astronomical observatories. In the foreground are the Subaru Telescope, the twin Keck Telescopes and the NASA Infrared Telescope. Photo taken December 29, 2014 by Imaginescape Photography.
Mauna Kea, by the way, stands 13,803 feet (4,207 meters) above sea level.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.