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The Subaru Telescope

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan constructed Subaru, a special telescope, on the top of Mt. Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Subaru is the largest single-mirror telescope in the world; its mirror is 8.2 meters (about 27 feet) wide. Since Subaru saw its "first light" (the first time a new telescope is used) in January 1999, it has produced fantastic results.

the dome and the control tower

The dome and the control tower seen from above. (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)