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There is no better Sky than in the Atacama Desert - especially at the outstanding ESO Observatories. Men's outpost to Space Observation - especially Cerro Paranal is for sure a Modern Stonehenge.

Whenever I watch this Vid I get reminded about how marvelous an unspoiled Night Sky looks - and how silent the Atacama is. While we set up Equipment we are all busy, but at the Moment when everything is programmed and the Cameras start to capture the Moments all over the Night and Day, it is time to relax and enjoy seeing the Sun dive from the Desert Sky into the Pacific.

These are the most beautiful Sunsets you usually only see from an Airplane at 10000 m... colorful, striking, mind bending - these olors of the Sky burn into your brain forever.

And then, when you think that these epic Moments can never be beaten again by something else, the Stars come up, sparkling, twinkling, glittering, like Diamonds, followed by the Southern Sky Milky Way, that seems so bright and brilliant (Eye adaption!), that you can see your own Shadow on the Ground.

And while you walk around or just lay on the Ground, you realize you don't need a flashlight.

The Starlight illuminates the Environment for you. It is ancient Light, so precious - yet we waste it with our light polluted Cities.

The Starry Sky above, the Red Desert below, it feels like being on Mars, close to Space, and you get lost, wondering where our place in the Universe is. And how small we and our Problems in fact are.

Later, driving back from somewhere remote out in the Desert, the 4x4 set to parking Lights to not disturb the Observatories, you can even see the Milky Way from inside the car (what about a convertible next time ;). driving to locations trough the wide open, lonely Desert at Night, one can easily navigate with the Stars, and one can clearly see the Magellanic Clouds behind the Steering Wheel. it's simply awesome - always makes me feel like riding a little Space Ship.

All these feelings are simply overwhelming, and all I can do is my best to share them with this little Video.

So put up the Volume (or watch mute with your own Music of choice) and enjoy a collection of great and unique Day to Night to Day transitions from the #ESOUltraHD Expedition (eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/) combined with some great Moby Tracks - I love the tunes. Thanks to Mobygratis.com - awesome!

Some other facts:

The #ESOUltraHD Expedition meant: Three ESO Observatories in two Weeks, Cerro Paranal, ALMA, La Silla, from 2000 to 5000 m Altitude. Quite a task, but we made it thanks to a great team.

I left most of the Transitions at their original Speed (25 fps) for Visual Enjoyment. No Rush. And while watching, you discover a lot of (atmospheric) Phenomena and Sky Objects in there... to name a few: Cosmic Rays ("Cosmics" - white pixel streaks), Meteor Persistent Trails, Airglow, Satellites, Airplanes, Atmospheric Gravity Waves... And no - yes I get these questions but I don't mind - no UFOs. None that I know of. There is some unavoidable Camera shake in some of the Segments, well, after all it can be very windy and stormy in the Atacama, and there is not much you can do about it. Not much shelter in that open Landscape.

Filmed with:
Canon 1DC and 6D
AFS Nikon 14-24/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and Sigma 8/3.5 Circular Fisheye using custom made Novoflex EOS/Nik NT Adapters
Controlled with:
GBTimelapse and mechanical Aperture Stepping - True Holy Grail!
Autonomous Operation at up to 5000 m Altitude... for up to 20 hours
Novoflex Tripods
Intecro Power banks
Peli Cases
Vaude Gear
Emotimo TB3s
Vixen Polarie
MacBook Air and Retina (up to 5050 m Altitude)
Color Grading with LRTimelapse and LR5, rendered with AE CC
Lightning fast data transfers with Angelbird SS2Go's
Fast & smooth rendering with my MacBookPro Retina and iMacs
Cut & Edit with FinalCutProX using CoreMelt and FlickerFree

Observatories: Cerro Paranal, ALMA, La Silla.

Thanks to Herbert Zodet, Babak Tafreshi, Yuri Beletsky and Lars Lindberg Christensen and my Family and many Friends and Supporters for making this happen. Many many thanks to Mike Posehn for making the invisible visible and the impossible possible.

Cheers
Christoph Malin
Christophmalin.com

PS: Watch the Meteor Persistent Trail at 58:02 above Cerro Paranal

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