From Sunrise at 6:20 a.m. (as seen from the KCO tower) ........
This is the island of Kaashidhoo, seen from an airplane. The picture shows the entire, crescent-shaped island with its own lagoon. Kaashidhoo is a one-island atoll with a reef that quickly drops off to about 500-600 m, as one can nicely see in dark blue on the bottom of the image.
The following is the observatory area seen from an airplane. We're overflying the premises in about 200 m altitude and looking south. The main road leads from the town to the observatory and is not very frequented by locals. Some women come here to go swimming, some kids go fishing or play around. The observatory is about 850 m away from the center of the town, the walk in the blazing sun can be quite a sweaty experience.