1. Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse


    from Sean Goebel / Added

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    Timelapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The summit is at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft and is the premiere site for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. As an astronomy graduate student at the University of Hawaii, I've enjoyed excellent access to the facility. Some of my favorite still images of Mauna Kea can be found at www.sgphotos.com/photostories/maunakea. More information (i.e. "What's up with the lasers?" "What gear did you use?") can be viewed at http://sgphotos.com/portfolio/timelapse/makingmaunakeaheavens/. More of my timelapse work can be found here and at www.sgphotos.com/portfolio/timelapse. Please notify me prior to featuring my work. Music: "All is Violent, All is Bright" by God is an Astronaut. Standard disclaimer: Mauna Kea contains delicate ecosystems and is sacred to the Hawaiian people. If you go there, please be sensitive to the cultural role of the mountain and obey the rules contained at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea. Permits are required for large groups or commercial filming, and more information can be found at the link. And above all, please be safe—accidents are much more likely when you combine high altitude, sleep deprivation, cold, snow/ice, and darkness!

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    • Day & Night


      from Martin Whipp / Added

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      I've recently been out to some beautiful places by day, and some dark places by night. 3,000 photos later, and this is the result. No theme, just a few shots I threw together. Locations are (in order): Murphy's Haystacks, Elliston Bay, Gawler Ranges National Park, Pildappa Rock, Wallaroo (x3) Stockport (x2). All of these are in South Australia. The music is the very much over-used "Hoppipolla" by Sigur Ros. But I don't care - I like it!

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      • Trouble in Paradise


        from Matt Hannon / Added

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        MUSIC The Cinematic Orchestra, 'Everyday' from the album 'Every Day' - http://www.cinematicorchestra.com/ Amon Tobin - 'Deo' from the album 'Supermodified' - http://www.amontobin.com/ Painting/animation by Mel Mepham To learn more please visit - www.orangutan.org.au/palmoil To sign the automatic letter - http://www.orangutan.org.au/palmoil/label-palm-oil BACKGROUND I was initially drawn to the Mentawai Archipelago by the lure of perfect waves peeling against picturesque beaches, rimmed by lush, tropical rainforest - although I was quick to discover that there is so much more to this special place than surfing. I ended up staying for quite a few years and working on a range of things, from surf-guiding on charter boats and resorts to programme design with Surfaid International, punctuated by periods of vagabonding about the simple villages and hidden reefs. One of the first places I was lucky enough to stay was deep in the rainforests of Siberut Island, where I was introduced to the local community, as well as some of its animal inhabitants. I'll never forget as a wide-eyed 22 year-old, watching in fear as one of the village women's Malarial fever became so intense and convulsive, that the Sikerei (shamans) were called for from the neighbouring village. Longhaired, loin-clothed silhouettes arrived late into the night, paddling up-river in a dugout canoe under the warm moonlight. Bells jingled and their reassuring mantras bounced off the water. The chanting continued as they made their way to the sick lady's hut to sing, dance and heal. I tried over my time in the different villages to learn about the culture, language and environment, and I hope that this video respects all three. My intentions by making it are to give a digital voice to the obvious and resonating protest in Mentawai. The people of Mentawai, especially those of the traditional persuasion are easily the most welcoming, humbling and richest of communities I have come across in my travels. I believe they (like many indigenous cultures) represent a time and a world that demands respect for the natural environment, community and balanced spirituality. Theirs is a paradigm long forsaken by the modern trappings of big cities and belligerent profit margins. Information is not always easy to obtain, but to my knowledge many areas within Mentawai have in 2014, managed to deter the palm oil companies, whilst other villages are still in negotiations. Other villages still have relinquished traditional titles of the land, and have consequently been locked into development concessions that render the land in question 'State owned'. Latest articles from local Mentawai Media: http://www.puailiggoubat.com/index.php?mod=berita&id=2417 http://www.puailiggoubat.com/index.php?mod=berita&id=2416

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        • Jupiter Rising ~ The Night of Opposition


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          Timelapse film of Jupiter's rise as the brightest & largest star in our night sky. This film also features the galactic core of the Milky Way as seen from my home in Weaverville, NC. These shots were taken between September 12th and September 21st, 2010. Gear: Shot on a Canon 30D, a Tamron 18-200mm Lens, a Canon 70-200 mm Lens as well. Settings: f/2.8 & f/3.5, 400 - 1600 ISO, 20 to 30 second exposures. Music: "Tree of Life" by Clint Mansell

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          • Postcards from Mauna Kea


            from Ross Wilson / Added

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            We took a day trip up to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii in a 4x4 jeep to see these majestic observatories. There are plenty of signs warning you of the impending danger of driving so high, but the journey is spectacular and fine if the weather is good. What awaits you is one of the most surreal places on earth with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas. The strange shapes of the observatories looking out into the cosmos in such a remote and peaceful place makes for an eerie yet beautiful scene. Naturally I had to film the experience though there's not a lot of movement up there. It seamed wrong to break the stillness with lots of pans and zooms so I kept the camera locked down in an effort to capture some of the unique atmosphere on Mauna Kea. Hope you enjoy it. Music by Tycho Shot with the Canon XF100 September 2011

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            • Mauna Kea Heavens 2


              from Sean Goebel / Added

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              Shown here is timelapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The summit is at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft (4200 m) and is the premiere site for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the scenes include the laser adaptive optics systems of the telescopes, which are used to correct for the turbulence of the atmosphere and thereby obtain sharper images. Some of my favorite still images of Mauna Kea can be found at www.sgphotos.com/photostories/maunakea. Please notify me at sean@sgphotos.com prior to featuring this video. I can be found on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/geekyrocketguy/. This video can be viewed in 4K at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1JOU2iDKeM&. This is the sequel to the viral video "Mauna Kea Heavens," which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/75542539. Song: "Hexon Bogon" by Mogwai. Gear: 2x Canon 6D, Rebel T2i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 (via Fotodiox adapter), Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Rokinon 85mm f/1.4.

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              • Mauna Kea Heavens by Greg Probst, APA 202910


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                The images in this time-lapse series were all made on a trip to Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii in December of 2011. Special thanks to Jennifer Logan and Bryan Pezzone for the original music they created for this time-lapse series. I also want to give special thanks to Ric Kasnoff/ricphoto.com and the photo safaris he leads for the opportunities, training and great mentoring he has offered over the years. I also want to give a special thanks to my wife and daughter for the incredible understanding and patience they've shown over the years.

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                • Spiral Galaxy, the Milky Way unravelled


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                  Leiden, April 1953. It took centuries of searching, years of waiting, months of observing and weeks of calculating. For the very first time in human history a group of scientists looks at a map: the first map of our Galaxy, our Island in the Universe. These scientists are some of the top Dutch astronomers. And the map is the result of an extraordinary prediction, cutting-edge technological development and a lot of persistence. Spiral Galaxy, the Milky Way unravelled, highlights the huge contribution of Dutch scientists between 1886 and 1955 to a new view of our Universe. A view where man, Earth and Sun are no longer at the centre of everything. The story is told by Prof. Adriaan Blaauw (1914-2010), Prof. Hugo van Woerden (1926, Professor Emeritus astrophysics at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands), Prof. Kees de Jager (1921, Professor Emeritus astrophysics and space research at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands) and Arie Hin (1927, retired technician of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, ASTRON). See www.spiralgalaxy.nl for more background information and for obtaining the DVD. Also see here one of the extra interviews (all of them are on the DVD) with explanation on the technique of distance measurement in the Galaxy using hydrogen radio emission: vimeo.com/lightcurvefilms/gasclouds. A production by Lightcurve Films (www.lightcurvefilms.com) and DKW Films (www.pieterrimdekroon.com) © 2009.

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                  • LIGHT


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                    "Light" is one of a series of educational videos about astronomy. This is a short creative video introducing the theme of light and how astronomers use it to study the Universe. The related video is a 30-minute presentation by Dr. Chantal Balkowski, astronomer at the Paris Observatory (see https://vimeo.com/66931573). See all videos in the series at https://vimeo.com/album/2398838. For the original videos in french and additional educational resources (in french), please visit http://ufe.obspm.fr/-Astronomie-Astrophysique-en-videos- Video produced by the Paris Observatory (http://www.obspm.fr/) with the support of UNISCIEL (www.unisciel.fr).

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                    • our last Transit of Venus (trailer)


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                      Our last Transit of Venus is a film project about the Transit of Venus 2012, supported by the European Planetology Network (Europlanet, http://www.europlanet-eu.org). Please visit www.vimeo.com/channels/ourlasttransitofvenus for other related videos. A Transit of Venus is when planet Venus passes in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. This happens at intervals of 121.5, 8, 105.5, 8, 121.5, 8, etc. years. Transits of Venus were observed in 1639, 1761 and 1769, 1874 and 1882 and in 2004. After 2012, one will have to wait until 2117 to see another one. It was realised in the past that a Transit of Venus event observed from different places on Earth could lead to a direct measurement of the size of the Solar System. The events in the 18th and 19th century led to worldwide expeditions to do exactly that. In 2004, the exercise was repeated by amateur astronomers and students. Scientists used the Transit to learn more about the atmosphere of planet Venus and about how to observe exoplanets transiting their mother stars. In 2012, similar actions will be organised all over the world. The film is in the make at the moment and we are now getting footage of the aftermath of the event, the science results and people's memories. More information on the Transit of Venus 2012 can be found on www.transitofvenus.nl, www.transitofvenus.info, http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2011/index.php and www.imcce.fr.

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