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Astronomer’s Paradise, the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series. Atacama Desert in Chile, South America, is home to some of the world’s leading telescopes.
Sez filmmaker Chrisoph Malin:
I hope we could at least capture the magic of this very special place a bit – this is how the night sky looks like, if people care about light pollution. And we need more people to do that.
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.
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More details at Discover Magazine