The summit of Mauna Kea (14,000 feet) offers the best viewing of the Cosmos in the northern hemisphere, and this film delivers a pure esthetic experience from the mountain into the Universe. Seven years in the making, this cinematic symphony (43mn) reveals the spectacular beauty of the mountain and its connection to the Cosmos through the magical influence of time-lapse cinematography scored exclusively (no narration) with the awe-inspiring, critically acclaimed, Halo music by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Daytime and nighttime landscapes and skyscapes alternate with stunning true color images of the Universe captured by an observatory on Mauna Kea, all free of any computer generated imagery.

This film by Jean-Charles Cuillandre is distributed on DVD by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), a non-profit organization operating a telescope on Mauna Kea . The goal is to share the magic of astronomy in a different format than traditionally experienced by audiences: beautiful visuals with beautiful music (Baraka style).

Of interest to the VIMEO audience, the film was captured with still digital cameras from 2001 to 2008, capturing Mauna Kea at its most spectacular over the years. The astronomy images were captured by a 340Mpx digital camera mounted on the telescope (MegaCam). Wanting to know more? Check out this interview by Dennis Mahaffay:

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