1. Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I

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    from Babak Tafreshi / Added

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    Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on! Featured on the National Geographic News: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/ Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series. Cerro Paranal is truly 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 Paranal, 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. It is an amazing experience to be under an ideal night sky, a pure natural beauty unspoiled by urban lights. On Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert you look all around the horizon and there is no prominent sign of city lights, neither direct lights or light domes. There are not many locations left on this planet where you can still experience a dark sky like this. I have been to similar dark skies in other continents from the heart of Sahara in Algeria to Himalayas or islands in the Pacific. But what makes Atacama beat others is being dry and clear for so many nights per year. Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer in to tiny details in the deep cosmos using giant telescopes. This footage is made during an imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). All video rights reserved by Christoph Malin (www.christophmalin.com) and Babak Tafreshi (www.twanight.org/tafreshi) of The World at Night (TWAN) program (www.twanight.org). The inside observatory video is contributed by Stephane Guisard (www.astrosurf.com/sguisard). The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms (www.carbonbasedlifeforms.net). Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], write & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (www.ultimae.com).

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    • El Cielo de La Palma

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      “El Cielo de La Palma” es un vídeo en formato “Timelapse” donde se muestran las escenas mas impresionantes de “La Isla Bonita”. Realizado para Turismo de La Palma para la promoción del turismo astronómico. Muestra a lo largo de poco mas de 3 minutos de vídeo en formato timelapse nocturno y crepuscular el espectacular cielo de la isla de La Palma, sus increíbles lugares y paisajes. Daniel López www.elcielodecanarias.com www.facebook.com/elcielodecanarias.es www.lapalmaturismo.com www.facebook.com/lapalmaturismo ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "El Cielo de La Palma" is a video "Timelapse" which shows the most impressive scenes of "La Isla Bonita" A little over 3 minutes of video in nocturnal and crepuscular timelapse shows the dramatic sky on the island of La Palma, amazing places and landscapes. Daniel López www.elcielodecanarias.com www.facebook.com/elcielodecanarias.es www.lapalmaturismo.com www.facebook.com/lapalmaturismo

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      • Scale

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        If you liked 'SCALE', please watch my next astronomy video: 'VISION - A plea to save the James Webb space telescope'. http://vimeo.com/30224434 Or have a look at my most recent video, about the human brain: http://vimeo.com/36973442 From http://bradblogspeed.com Check out this post at http://post.ly/1XOrk Please follow me at http://twitter.com/bradgoodspeed NOTE: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT SKY, or at least it doesn't anymore. I've updated the video to omit the foreground landscape in an effort to account for an error in perspective. Unfortunately, due to my error, websites are widely reporting that Jupiter would fill the entire night sky, but it wouldn't. What's depicted here is a much narrower perspective than the previously mentioned 62 degrees, something that I imagine could be calculated by people much brighter than I. I imagine this view is closer to what you'd see through some very weak binoculars, but that's just a guess. For a somewhat technical explanation of what was wrong with the original version of this video, and what that realization can teach us about skepticism, please read the following: http://bradblogspeed.com/im-bad-at-math ORIGINAL POST Here's an animation I did to make you feel small, and also convey the deep awe I feel at the feet of the Universe. While watching the video of the lunar eclipse I posted the other day I was looking at the curvature of the earth's shadow on the moon. It made me think about how large the earth might look if an exact copy of it was up there instead of the moon. Soon curiosity got the better of me, and I was animating! So the basic idea is, each planet you see is the size it would appear in the sky if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. I created this video in After Effects, and because of certain technical considerations had to keep the field of view at 62 degrees. That means the foreground element is not precisely to scale. I realized this after the fact and may update the video at some point in the future. All planets are to correct scale with one another in any case. Please watch full screen in HD if possible. Oh! And please consider sharing with your friends on Twitter or Facebook. Music: Where We're Calling From - Doves Great write-up by Jessicsa Palmer at Bioephemera: http://scienceblogs.com/bioephemera/2011/02/art_vs_science_part_4_gas_gian.php

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        • túrána hott kurdís by hasta la otra méxico!

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          Sun, moon and stars show up with their daily rise and set. The beauty of our celestial phenomena is increased by the accelerated time lapse technique showing the apparent motion of the sky due to earth's rotation. Music: túrána hott kurdís by hasta la otra méxico! Time lapse video: The Sky in Motion by Till Credner, AlltheSky.com

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          • The Astronomer's Dream (2009)

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            When a hungry astronomer falls asleep while working on a problem, he discovers a solution not in outer space, but in the surreal food-chain of his subconscious mind. An animated film by Malcolm Sutherland, with sound by Leon Lo. Made in 2009. For more information or DVD purchases please visit www.animalcolm.com/theastronomersdream

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            • Island in the Sky

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              Inhale the fresh air, smell the refreshing scent of the green pine forests glowing above black volcano sands, no sound but the wind in the trees. A deep blue sky matches with the blue atlantic ocean far below. Epic volcanic trails lead trough an unique archaic landscape. Feel the elements. Be yourself, at the “Island in the Sky”. This short film, a homage to the beautiful Island of La Palma - "Europe's Hawaii" - was like a never ending project for me. More than one and a half years of work.... photographing, processing, re-processing, selecting and de-selecting footage, some weeks filming… I had certain pictures in mind - the scenes, locations, and moods. Every interesting place I had spotted during many stays on the Island while Hiking or guiding Bike Groups was considered. As often as possible I returned to Palma to let the film get reality (http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/15/new-astro-timelapse-video-the-island-showcases-astronomy-haven/), but more than once got thrown back - bad weather, equipment malfunction or whatever. I hiked up Volcanoes, stayed awake all night on stormy ridges, slept like a dead on the beach next morning. Pre-processed nights footage at the Apartment later, to validate what scenes worked, or needed to be repeated. Hurried back up the mountains before sunset for new setups. Finally got some rest and watched the clouds and stars move. Feeling small in the universe. And tired and dizzy, as well. Night-Timelapse filming is an art, a struggle to live from, tough on your biorhythm – and needs a lot of passion, love and dedication. Passion for the work, love for nature and wilderness, being alone in the night. Back at the office in the timelapse studio it needs dedication and endurance in front of my workstations working trough the image data. Which is the toughest part for me - I am not the office guy. I hate sitting in front of a Computer screen too much. And that is what you do with Timelapse. Way too much. After cleaning up the project, 906.65 GB and 83846 RAW images and movie-sequences remained for processing. And there is no automatism, each software at the workflow needs to be fed with each sequence separately, to deliver results... On some key scenes of this film I have even worked over several months, trying different variations on color-reprocessing, iterating them many times. I am still not sure if they are good now. You judge. Thanks to all who support me, especially my family. Thanks to Babak Tafreshi of Twanight.org for providing the legendary GRANTECAN Intro and MAGIC-from-the-side Footage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAGIC_(telescope). Props to the Folks at IAC.es and Visitlapalma.es! Horay to the team at TWANight.org for tips and feedback! Awesome to Nikon NPS! Jesse Hozeny has provided an awesome soundtrack with "Miles High"! This ended a long search! https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/niyama-volume-one-two/id39888393 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 and MX2 Merlin Interface, 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. Introduced on Slate, Wired, NG aaaand Dr. Brian May of QUEEN (awesome!!): http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/11/26/time_lapse_video_clouds_and_stars_over_the_volcanic_la_palma_canary_island.html http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/time-lapse-island-in-the-sky/ http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/29/starry-nights-in-quick-time/ http://brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbnov12.html Now 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: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Urban Mountain Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 "ISS Tronized", http://vimeo.com/51499009 Fine Art Prints of "Island in the Sky - http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com/p710558537 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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              • ChronoCon "First Light" HDR – HD Timelapse

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                Image Processing – Directed by Gaintatzis Pavlos Music: 'Intro' by The XX (http://thexx.info) ChronoCon constructors: Mechanical Components by Voulgaris Aristeidis Electronic Components / PCB Programming by Athanasiadis Tilemachos and Gaintatzis Pavlos Locations: Grevena (Filipaioi, Dotsiko), Trikala (Meteora), Halkidiki (Pirgadikia) / Greece Equipment: Canon EOS 350D and 500D ChronoCon dolly slider. UPDATE: CHRONOCON IS FINALLY COMPLETED. IT WILL BE SOON AVAILABLE AT pentalunex.com. More info at our twitter account: https://twitter.com/PentaluneX Special Thanks to: Kouropalati Vasiliki Niavi Ourania Papaioannou Michael Traianou Thalia Tsampouras Dimitrios

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                • Red Aurora Australis

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                  After chasing it for more than two years I was finally rewarded with two displays of Aurora Australis (Southern lights) within a week visible from Mornington peninsula, not far from Melbourne. The nights were warm an clear and the Moon was not in the sky either - I could not have asked for better conditions. The red color of this aurora is caused by the charged particles from the Sun exciting oxygen atoms high in the Earth's atmosphere. Hopefully there will be more to come as Sun's activity increases in 2012-13. Being able to photograph it all night I came up with a nice video. The brighter Aurora happened on January 22nd and the smaller one, featured in the middle section, was from January 16th, followed by a rather bright Moonrise. Images and blog: http://www.terrastro.com/blog/red-aurora/ Time lapse motion control performed with Dynamic Perception Stage Zero ( www.dynamicperception.com ) Music: Coral Reef by Psychadelik Pedestrian http://toucanmusic.co.uk/releases/release.php?q=tou274

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                  • Astropolis Star Party Jodlow 2010

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                    Astropolis Star Party Jodlow 2010 A short film by Patryk Kizny Astropolis Star Party is an annual event organized by www.astropolis.pl, the major amateur astronomy community in Poland. The stagazers from the entire Poland come together each year to admire and photograph the beauty of the sky above us and mystery of the space. Thanks to Astropolis, we had a great pleasure to shoot a short film during this event. Credits: • Production company: LookyCreative • DOP & Post-production: Patryk Kizny • Camera: Patryk Kizny & Agnieszka Gonczarek • Selected shots: Mateusz Zdziebko, Jacek Dobrowolski & Robert Paluch • Astrophotography: Krzysztof Gaudy & Patryk Kizny • Music: "Midnight Theme" by CDK (CC) - http://ccmixter.org/files/cdk/14246 "Medieval Choir" by thefurnaceroom (RF) - http://bit.ly/a6BBDV "Tribal Scores" by ChristopherJung (RF) - http://bit.ly/9S25KV The film was shot using a DitoGear OmniSlider More details at www.ditogear.com Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. www.facebook.com/kizny www.twitter.com/PatrykKizny www.twitter.com/AgaGonczarek www.facebook.com/agnieszka.gonczarek

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                    • Birth of a Star

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                      Video credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, T. Borders, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz 3D team, STScI) http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2011/38/video/a/ "This movie presents a visualization of the star-forming region known as S106. This unique three-dimensional view illustrates and emphasizes that many of the objects contained within astronomical images are not at the same distance, but, in fact, spread across light-years of space. The Hubble image is augmented with additional field-of-view from the Subaru Infrared Telescope. The stars and the lobes of glowing gas from the Hubble/Subaru two-dimensional image have been separated and sculpted using both scientific knowledge and artistic license to create the depth in the movie. Of note, the relative distances between stars and the nebula have been greatly compressed." -NASA "This devastatingly beautiful image shows the birth pangs of a massive star. Called IRS 4 (for Infrared Source 4; it was first seen in IR images), it’s the really bright star just below center where the two blue lobes come together. It’s a bruiser, an O-type star with at least 15 times the Sun’s mass — 30 octillion tons! — and is a staggering 10,000 times as bright. It’s still in the process of forming, but it’s nearly there. Located about 2000 light years away, IRS 4 is surrounded by an enormous cloud of gas and dust that may have a mass as high as 25,000 times the mass of the Sun. When the star first ignited, fusing hydrogen into helium in its core, the vast amount of energy it started pouring out lit up the cloud in the immediate vicinity around it. Most of the cloud is still dark and cannot be seen here, but everything within a few light years of the star is being illuminated, if not ionized, by the fierce ultraviolet light from the star." - Phil Plait http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/12/15/epic-tantrum-thrown-by-30-octillion-ton-baby/ Music: “Funeral Canticle” Written by John Tavener and Mother Thekla Performed by George Mosley, Paul Goodwin and the Academy of Ancient Music

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