May 20th, 2009
|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.'
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.
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.
Best I ever saw was on the west coast of Ireland, a long way from any street lights
That made me gasp in wonder and brought tears to my eyes.
Gorgeous. Somehow so much more than it is. Thank you.
I wish we could see it with our own eyes like that
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.
That video was amazing. Thank you for linking to it.