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Your universe as seen from your home planet

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What makes this time lapse particularly amazing–because we’ve all seen plenty of time lapse videos of the night sky–is the four telescopes in the foreground. Watching these instruments work against a black background would be endlessly fascinating on its own. Unfortunately you won’t be able to pay them too much attention. Because damn, what a sky.

Watch it on full screen if you can.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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5 Responses to Your universe as seen from your home planet

  • Very cool.  Here in the mountains of Colorado, on certain nights, we can see vague outlines of the galaxies so vividly shown in this vid.  It never fails to stun a visitor from a major city just how bright an unpolluted moonless sky can be.

  • I admit, I am a geek.  Watching the video again, just to track the telescope housing’s movement, I noticed a quirk I have seen here at altitude (on those unfortunately increasing days where I am awake well before sunrise).  Watch the sequence that begins at 4:48.  To me it appears that there are really high clouds, likely noctilucent. If so, the ‘brightening” of the sky at 5:10 is likely due to the sunlight refracting and illuminating those very high ice particles.

    This interests me for a number of reasons, but primarily for your consideration, note how once this refraction is negated by the earth’s rotation, the sky darkens just before dawn.

  • I wonder how they decide to assign themselves research tasks? Perhaps, aside from following research in each individual’s particular area of study, It would seem to me that as a group they might focus on a single aspect for best effect.

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