1. Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I


    from Babak Tafreshi Added 209K 3,705 108

    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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    • Cosmography of the Local Universe


      from Daniel Pomarède Added 203K 221 31

      a film by Hélène Courtois, Daniel Pomarède, R. Brent Tully, Yehuda Hoffman, and Denis Courtois. All rights reserved. More info, more options, including a Stereo3D version, at http://irfu.cea.fr/cosmography

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      • Meteor


        from tmophoto Added 191K 636 32

        2014 Meteor Reel A collection of time-lapse shots from the past 7 years of meteor showers. Please watch in HD if you can (you can see more meteors). The footage was shot during the Perseid, Geminid and Leonid Meteor showers. NEW EXTENDED EDIT http://youtu.be/GkB-6qYq50c If you are interested in trying to photograph some meteors check out my blog post with a few basic tips on how to capture them http://muenchworkshops.com/blog/tips-for-photographing-meteor-showers All footage shot and edited by Thomas O'Brien and is available in 4K resolution on Nimia https://app.nimia.com/profile/tmophoto/ Extensive use of LRTimelaspe http://lrtimelapse.com/ and GBdeflicker http://www.granitebaysoftware.com/ were used to process and deflicker the footage. Cameras and lights powered by www.goalzero.com equipment. I carry all my gear in http://fstopgear.com/ bags Follow me on Instagram : http://instagram.com/tmophotos Music is "Time Lapse of Clouds" by Buoy (Jonathan Gjertsen) https://soundcloud.com/jonathangjertsen/time-lapse-of-clouds Licensed under a Creative Commons license. Any inquires (press, stock footage, projects , etc) please email me at tmophoto@gmail.com Limited edition prints and stock footage available at www.tmophoto.com ©2014 tmophoto

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        • Comet Lovejoy from the VLT, Chile


          from Gabe Brammer Added 172K 127 8

          Taken in twilight on the morning of Dec. 22 at the VLT, Cerro Paranal, Chile. Nikon D7000 + Tokina 12-24 F4 @ 12mm. Manual exposure/ISO adjustments result in some flickering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2011_W3_(Lovejoy) http://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/vlt.html See more of my photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbrammer/

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          • Comet ISON Dives Toward the Sun


            from Babak Tafreshi Added 171K 152 13

            Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) captured by the SOHO spacecraft as it dives into the sun's corona and in a dramatic action a fraction of the icy body's tail returns from the hell the next day and fades away forever in the Solar System. I edited this stunning sequence of images (from Nov 27-Dec01, 2013) released by SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory), leveled, enlarged and sharpened them for full HD viewing. Enjoy! Babak Tafreshi, The World at Night (www.twanight.org/tafreshi) This video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/361Nq0VIqo8 Soundtrack:Hydroscope by Galaxy Six (www.vimeo.com/musicstore?q=Gallery%20Six) SOHO homepage: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/home.html My images of comet ISON: http://dreamview.net/dv/new/search.asp?keyword=comet+ison The World at Night unique collection of bright comets above the Earth landscapes: www.twanight.org/comet Latest on comet ISON: www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/193909261.html And http://spaceweather.com The Stereo spacecraft animations of ISON are truly amazing! See the changing speed of the comet near the sun. Kepler could be very glad to see this! The effect of solar wind streams on the comet brightness is interesting. http://www.isoncampaign.org/karl/a-trail-of-questions

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            • El Cielo de La Palma


              from Daniel López Added 156K 2,861 75

              “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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              • Comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS sweeping through the Southern Skies


                from Alex Cherney Added 150K 236 24

                Two comets - C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) and C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) can be seen moving through the Southern Sky in this short time lapse video. Hopefully comet PanSTARRS brightens up significantly before moving into the Northern Hemisphere sky. For more images and videos go to my blog http://www.terrastro.com Alex Cherney

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                • Worlds: The Kepler Planet Candidates


                  from Alex Parker Added 150K 444 13

                  This animation shows the 2299 high-quality (multiple transits), non-circumbinary transiting planet candidates found by NASA's Kepler mission so far. These candidates were detected around 1770 unique stars, but are animated in orbit around a single star. They are drawn to scale with accurate radii (in r / r* ), orbital periods, and orbital distances (in d / r*). They range in size from 1/3 to 84 times the radius of Earth. Colors represent an estimate of equilibrium temperature, ranging from 4,586 C at the hottest to -110 C at the coldest - red indicates warmest, and blue / indigo indicates coldest candidates. Watching in full screen + HD is recommended, so you can see even the smallest planets! The animation is rendered with a time-step of 30 minutes, equal to the long-cadence time sample of the Kepler observatory. Three white rings illustrate the average orbital distances of Mercury, Venus, and Earth on the same scale. When the system is animated edge-on, it is clear that there is no time during which the sample of stars the Kepler spacecraft is observing does not contain a planet transiting a star. In fact, on average there are dozens of transits occurring amongst the Kepler sample at any given instant. The Kepler observatory has detected a multitude of planet candidates orbiting distant stars. The current list contains 2321 planet candidates, though some of these have already been flagged as likely false-positives or contamination from binary stars. This animation does not contain circumbinary planets or planet candidates where only a single transit has been observed, which is why "only" 2299 are shown. I have illustrated the planet candidates as if they orbit a single star. Using a transit lightcurve, a planet's distance from a star and its radius are both measured in terms of the host stars' radius, and those relationships are preserved here. This means that for two planets of equal size, if one orbits a larger star it will be drawn smaller here. Similarly, because the orbital distances scale with the host stars' sizes, some planets orbit faster than others at a given distance from the star in the animation (when in reality, planets on circular orbits around a given star always orbit at the same speed at a given distance). These faster-moving planets are orbiting denser stars. A fraction of these candidates will likely be ruled out as false positives as time goes on, while the remainder stand to be confirmed as real planets by follow-up analysis. For example, the large orange object in a very close-in orbit was shown to be a background eclipsing binary blend by http://arxiv.org/abs/1207.2481 At the beginning of the animation, the grid of rectangles that briefly appears represents the focal plane array of CCD detectors onboard Kepler. The current list of planet candidates can be found here: http://archive.stsci.edu/kepler/planet_candidates.html More information on the Kepler mission: Mission home: http://kepler.nasa.gov/ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_(spacecraft) Follow Kepler on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NASAKepler Follow Alex Parker on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alex_Parker Music: 2 Ghosts I, Nine Inch Nails. Animation rendered with Python / PyLab. Alex Parker - Postdoctoral researcher in planetary science at the Harvard-Smithsoniain Center for Astrophysics.

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                  • ASTRONOMICAL - The Movie


                    from Mishka Henner Added 146K 448 16

                    A scale model of our solar system in twelve 500 page volumes printed-on-demand. On page 1 the Sun, on page 6,000 Pluto. The width of each page equals one million kilometres. This film takes us through the first volume where we encounter the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt. www.mishkahenner.com

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                    • Birth of a Star


                      from Tom Lowe Added 140K 1,353 50

                      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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