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May 20th, 2009


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06:59 pm - Galaxy rising
A link to this clip has been sitting on metafilter for a couple of days but I didn't bother to look at it.

'Time lapse video of night sky in Fort Davis, Texas.'


Whatever.

Anyway, I was wrong. Because the sky moves so slowly each frame represents a 20-second exposure. This means the camera is much more sensitive to light than the human eye, which means that the visuals on the Milky Way are a good deal more vivid than you have ever seen before.

Recommended to astronomy fans.

ETA - I've watched it on two computers, and it looked much better on the desktop than the laptop.

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From:iainjclark
Date:May 20th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Very pretty! We stopped in a remote lay-by on the way back from Edinburgh late one night and I was utterly stunned by how many stars were visible compared to the paltry few I'm used to seeing.
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From:communicator
Date:May 20th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Best I ever saw was on the west coast of Ireland, a long way from any street lights
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:May 20th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
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That made me gasp in wonder and brought tears to my eyes.

Gorgeous. Somehow so much more than it is. Thank you.
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From:communicator
Date:May 20th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I wish we could see it with our own eyes like that
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:May 20th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I think it was the sense of wonder and loss at knowing that it's there and that I can't actually perceive it directly that was so moving.
From:egretplume
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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That video was amazing. Thank you for linking to it.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Very cool.

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