Measurements at the Mauna Loa Observatory stopped after the 2022 eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano, when lava flow crossed the access road and took out power lines to the facility. The observatory remains inaccessible by vehicle and without power from the local utility company.

Observatory staff has established limited solar power in four observatory buildings and restored approximately 33 percent of the measurements onsite, including the Global Monitoring Laboratory and Scripps critical CO2 records and other atmospheric measurements.

Media can contact: Theo Stein (303) 819-7409 ( or Karin Vergoth 303-632-6413‬ (

*Click images for larger views *Images update every 15 minutes

North Camera

North Camera
Current image looking at north sky and Mauna Kea.

Southwest Camera

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Current image looking at southwest sky and NDSC building.

Deck Camera

Deck Camera
Sun deck of NDSC facing east. The ESRL solar tracker is in the middle, University of Denver building to the lower right.

Gate Camera

Current image looking at the access gate to the observatory.

Mauna Kea camera

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Current image looking at south sky and Mauna Loa mountain. Camera is located in the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea

See the South Pole!

south pole cam
Here is a live image from our sister station at the South Pole. (Amundsen-Scott station)

*Click on this Mauna Kea Cam link  to see various images from the Mauna Kea Observatories