Eye Candy: The Entire Southern Night Sky, Last Sunday

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Astrophotographer, Stéphane Guisard captures stunning, deep views of the sky. This time-lapse footage was taken on Sunday (05.12.10) at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

The yellow beam emanating from the observatory on the right is a laser guide used to factor out atmospheric turbulence. It appears curved because the footage has been recomposed from a flattened out fish-eye view of the entire night sky.

For best results, hit play, then crank the resolution up to 1080 and go full screen.

More details at Discover Magazine