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Mauna Kea, Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii; a view of the (left to right) NASA Infrared Telescope, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini Northern 8-meter Telescope, UH 2.2-meter Telescope and United Kingdom Infrared Telescopes at the summit of the Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO), currently there are 13 independent multi-national astronomical research facilities located on the summit. Mauna Kea's altitude and isolation in the middle of the Pacific ocean make it an ideal location for astronomical observation.