POLI’AHU, a timelapse trip above the clouds to Mauna Kea in Hawaii, an inactive volcano 14,000 feet above sea level. Much of the mountain is under water; when measured from its oceanic base, Mauna Kea is over 10,000 m (33,000 ft) tall. In Hawaiian mythology, Poli’ahu is one of the four goddesses of snow, thought to reside on Mauna Kea. Today, the mountain is known as one of the most important land-based astronomical research centers in the world. …the night sky quality here was absolutely stunning. We really lucked out with a crystal clear night and one of the best milky ways we’ve ever seen.
Additionally, Heffernan and partner Harun Mehmedinovic have released a beautiful photo book about the project, also entitled SKYGLOW, which encompasses their three-year epic adventure.