Boring astronomical research looks a lot like sci-fi

Mauna Kea is a 13,803-foot high volcano in Hawaii. The location of the mountain makes it ideal for space observation. Mauna Kea is home to a number of observations including the world’s largest optical telescope. Laser are often used to track atmospheric turbulence during nighttime observation. Photographer Sean Goebel captured a beautiful time lapse of the process. This display is probably the closing thing one can see on earth to the death star targeting a planet. Sometimes boring astronomical research looks a lot like sci-fi.