Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on! Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series. So cool: As mentioned by Dr. Brian May here (scroll down a bit): http://brianmay.com/whatsnew.html (Sat. Dec. 1st, 2012) On - National Geographic http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/ - Nikon Rumours! http://nikonrumors.com/2012/02/27/guest-post-astronomers-paradise-time-lapse-video.aspx/ NEW: Fine Art prints of this movie at: http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com/ Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world's leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory (www.eso.org) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the Paranal mountain, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry. Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are important elements of the VLT interferometer. Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust, feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky. Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer into tiny details in the deep cosmos using giant telescopes. This film is made with footage from the November 2011 TWAN imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). We photographed 14 nights in a row from usually 05:30 pm to 08:00 a.m. All video rights reserved by Christoph Malin (www.christophmalin.com) and Babak Tafreshi (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The World at Night (TWAN) program (www.twanight.org/tafreshi). The inside vista-observatory video is contributed by Stephane Guisard (www.astrosurf.com/sguisard). The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms (carbonbasedlifeforms.net). Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], write & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (ultimae.com). Equipment used by Christoph on assignment: - 2 Nikon D3s - 1 Nikon D700 - 1 Nikon D7000 - 2 AFS 12-24/2.8, 1 AFS 24-70/2.8, 1 AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, 1 AF DX 10/2.8 Fisheye - Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly with MX2 - Astrotrac AT320 X-AG and Merlin with MX2 Transitions done with Apple Aperture (see http://vimeo.com/35998334). Edited and rendered with Final Cut Pro 10, Motion and Compressor. Some re-edits recently done with LR4 and LRT for testing, fun!. About 35000 TimeLapse images processed, 7500 used for this part of "Astronomers Paradise". I hope we could at least capture the magic of this very special place a bit - this is how the night sky looks like, if people care about light pollution. And we need more people to do that. With best regards, Christoph Malin web // christophmalin.com facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com (fine art prints of this movie and others) http://twanight.org/cmalin+ More details
----- Update: be sure to check my new film "urban. mountain. sky" based on "black hole sun", with lots of new, improved and reprocessed scenes here: https://vimeo.com/40969904 ----- IN SEARCH FOR THE DARK NIGHT SKIES IN LIGHT POLLUTED LOCATIONS This Video was featured on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/26/new-mountain-timelapse-a-soundgarden-of-night-lights/ parts of the footage have been featured in an ESO podcast: http://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann11051/ First of all Black Hole Sun is a statement against light pollution and waste of energy - especially in the European alps. The west and eastern alps offer some of the last remote places where you and your kids can enjoy the beauty of a starry, clear, nightsky, which is the same for all people: one people, one sky! By contrasting footage of highly lit cities and frequented traffic ways in the tyrol inn-valley with surrounding dark valleys and mountains, I was able to show some effects of light pollution, which hinders us from watching a clear, starry night sky. Light pollution increases during winter time due to inversion which results in smog in the valleys. inversion means that a heated, polluted layer of air on a valley's bottom is separated from cold, fresh air above. this polluted air causes health problems, especially with children. In some parts of the footage one can see inversion. Second, Black Hole Sun also shows my dedication to the beautiful mountains in the Alps. I hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I do. Location: Tyrol (around Innsbruck), Austria, La Palma (Canary Islands), Dolomites (Gröden). Credits: Many many thanks to Soundgarden for their masterpiece song that gave name to this Video! PLAY IT LOUD and check out the newest Soundgarden concerts on www.soundgardenworld.com! Second track by Harry Gregson-Williams - "Dinner Out", a great track! Tech: Nikon D3X, D700, D7000, D300, AFS 14-24/2.8, AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, AF 20/2.8, AF 50/1.8. Astrotac TT320-XAG (www.astrotrac.com), Dynamic Perception Dolly (www.dynamicperception.com). Support: Big thanks to Nikon Professional Services Austria (www.nikon.at), VauDe (www.vaude.com) for gear during those really really cold winternights, Steiger Media, Innsbruck (www.steiger-electronics.at), for helping out with extra Mac Pro rendering hardware and Foto Lamprechter (www.lamprechter.com). Inspiration: Thx to Babak Tafreshi from www.Twanight.org and Bernd Proeschel! Biggest thanks go to my family for all the understanding, without you it simply wouldn't be possible. Finally I wish everyone clear skies! Support and join www.astronomerswithoutborders.com, www.twanight.org and www.darksky.org! Thank you Christoph Malin Austria PS2: Be sure to check out my other Movies: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 - featured on National Geographic "The Island - Teaser", http://vimeo.com/27539860 - featured on NG http://facebook.com/christoph.malin http://twitter.com/#!/christophmalin http://twanight.org/cmalin+ More details
The winners and notable photos of the 4th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (email@example.com) for any other use. The music is by sound artist Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com). Winner photos and more information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest+ More details
Best viewed in Full HD, sound on! There is a city in the alps, that provides a great experience for both the locals and visitors. Innsbruck, Tyrol, located at the main route to Italy, Switzerland and Germany is surrounded by stunning 2500m+ Peaks and a couple of world class skiing areas. The best thing is: whenever you feel the need for a fresh air shock... within 20 minutes, you can go by the famous Nordkette cable car from the Cities centre at 570 m to the Hafelekar Mountain, at 2400 m. On the winter weekends and also during weekdays, Skiers, Skitourers, Skihikers and Sportsnuts in general crowd the Skiing- and Freeskiing areas around the City. “Adventures in the Dark” shows the contrast – Urban Innsbruck and the Villages below in the Valley, and the starry skies above it. Oh, and there's a "little" Power Grid failure in there, check also http://vimeo.com/36252589 if you can't see it... -30 degree, it was the coldest night in austria in 2011. Get ready for a cool Skitour! CHLLNGR aka Steven Jess Borth II and Producer Bam Spacey have provided the airy soundtrack: Bam Spaceys Desert Air mix http://soundcloud.com/chllngr Equipment: Nikon D4, D700, D7000, D3s, AFS 14-24/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AF 50/1.8, AF 16/2.8 and AF-DX 10/2.8 Fisheye. Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly, Vixen Polarie: http://www.vixen.co.jp/en/lp/polarie_movie.html Processing: Nikon View NX, Adobe Lightroom LR4, LRTimelapse, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X. As always: Dive in, put your earphones on and relax... Cheers. Christoph Malin That Guy with the Tent Christophmalin.com P.S.: Check some of my other films and projects: "The ISS Image Frontier", https://vimeo.com/61083440 “Island in the Sky”, http://vimeo.com/53845425 "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Urban Mountain Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 "ISS Tronized", http://vimeo.com/51499009 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com http://www.christophmalin.com+ More details
Shortfilm of the Austrian TWANight.org PanSTARRS Expedition - a night with -25 degree celsius and gusty winds up to 45 km/h at the 3050 m high Gaislachkogel Mountain, Oetztal, Austria. In cooperation with the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, University Innsbruck and the Austrian Weather Service (ZAMG.ac.at). Until about March 28th, comet PanSTARRS will be visible above Austria in the northern hemisphere during dawn. Experts from Tyrol went up to the top of the 3055 m high "Gaislachkogel", a mountain in the Ötztal, to take night shots of our cosmic neighbour. Full story: The current weather situation in Tyrol was not appropriate for observing comet PanSTARRS in the third week of March. Therefore, well-known astrophotographer and ESO.org/ALMA foto ambassador Christoph Malin, astrophysicist Wolfgang Kausch, and worldwide expedition weather expert and mountain guide Michael Winkler from austrian weather service ZAMG searched for a location with a good sight to the comet. "We've investigated several mountains around Innsbruck in the Gschnitztal, Stubaital, and Ötztal, which seemed to be approppriate for the comet observations", said Wolfgang Kausch. "Michael Winkler created the weather forecast for these regions, and Christoph Malin the timetable for the observation itself". The final choice was the Gaislachkogel, which provides a good view towards north and west. "From this mountain we expected a good sight to the horizon, although being very cold (minus 25 degree celsius) with gusty winds up to 45 km/h", said Kausch. "Extremely cold conditions like that can lead to dangerous freezing, so we had to be careful and well equipped", adds Winkler. At 13:00 the final "GO" came from weather expert Michael Winkler, so the expedition had to hurry up to reach the top of the mountain. “At around 7:05 p.m. EXIF Data, the frames of my D4 showed the first appearance of the comet. A little bit later we discovered the comet with 8 x 52 Vixen binoculars, and a couple minutes later were able to see it with naked eye”, said Malin. Although the camera lenses were equipped with heaters against frost there remained technical challenges. Malin: “The Live view of our D7000 failed (test shots for prefocus necessary), and I had not seen LCD's of DSLRs stopping to respond since the last TWAN imaging expedition to the 5000 m high ALMA Chajnator plateau in 2011” (See also https://vimeo.com/33276404 and https://vimeo.com/36972668). After several hundred shots of the starry night sky the expedition ended at 01:00 with a night downhill skiing trip. Malin: “What a view, what a great moment! I will never forget the sight of this cosmic neighbour sinking into the clouds at the horizon (that tried to grab it ;)”. Kausch added: "Thanks to teamwork and perfect planning, it was a great adventure. And Many thanks go to Ötztal tourism and 'Bergbahnen Sölden' for their great support." Cameras: Nikon D7000 and Nikon D4 AFS 80-200/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AFS DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 G ED Score: An excerpt of The Planets - Gustav Holst - "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age" by the Berlin Philarmonic & Herbert Von Kararajan https://itunes.apple.com/album/the-planets/id388873706 Intro Movie courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 ;) Processing: LRTimelapse (http://www.lrtimelapse.com) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Adobe After Effects CS6 then cut & edited with Apple Final Cut Pro X Rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro! Finally, please be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (http://plightwithlight.org)! The Alps are not dark anymore - as you can see from the last frames in the Video. Support IDA (http://darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! Visit the TWAN team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN (http://www.twanight.org) for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky! Always believe in your dreams and make it possible! All the best, Christoph Malin christophmalin.com P.S.: If you like, watch some of my other films: "ISS Image Frontier - Making the Invisible Visible", http://vimeo.com/61083440 "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Island in the Sky", http://vimeo.com/53845425/ "Urban - Mountain - Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 PS2: I don't mind a donation! facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com+ More details
The winners and notable photos of the 5th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (www.twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any other use. The music is by sound artist Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com). Winner photos and more information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest Also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXnYDYYdjSQ+ More details
The winners and notable photos of the third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest announcement in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (email@example.com) for any other use. The music is a remix of Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com) - Galaxy Of Obscured Lovestars, Carbon Based Lifeforms (www.carbonbasedlifeforms.net) - Twentythree, Aes Dana – Perimeters, Ultimae Records (www.ultimae.com). More information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest+ More details
Evocative, atmospheric impressions of moonlight filtering through a streaming mass of cloud, illuminating the ocean. Transitioning to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, the southern stars reflect in a mirror calm Dove Lake, whilst a faint aurora (southern lights) appears fleetingly behind Cradle Mountain. Producer: John Goldsmith Organisation: Celestial Visions, www.celestialvisions.com.au Member: The World at Night, www.twanight.org Original photography: December 2013. Timelapse Production: 2014 Soundtrack: "Toman Teti M'Ba Akala" by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (reproduced by permission), www.sierraleonesrefugeeallstars.com (Facebook news item posted on 13 March 2014: www.facebook.com/refugeeallstars) Award: "Ocean Moonlight" received the Best Timelapse Video award at Astrofest, Western Australia's largest astronomy festival, and featured at the Astrofest astrophotography exhibition, with an audience of some 4000 people, on 8 March 2014. Copyright: All rights reserved.+ More details
Sentinel Paranal...A timelapse video featuring the Paranal Observatory VLT [Very Large Telescope] high above the Atacama desert in Chile. The laser you see is The Laser Guide Star (LGS), part of the VLT´s Adaptive Optics system and it is used as reference to correct images from the blurring effect of the earths atmosphere.+ More details
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