Nair Sankar posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook on July 23, 2016. It’s the Caltech Submillimeter Telescope, near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawai’i. Nair said the orange laser beam is being fired upward from another telescope on Mauna Kea, one of the the W.M. Keck Observatory telescopes. Its job is to measure atmospheric distortions, with the goal of helping to produce sharper astronomical images.
Fair commented that the altitude (13,870 feet, or 4,227 meters) was a problem for him, but that:
… I had a great time shooting some amazing night skies here.
See Nair’s Facebook page: facebook.com/nightscapefotografia
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.