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Time lapse video of night sky as it passes over the 2009 Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas. The galactic core of Milky Way is brightly displayed. Images taken with 15mm fisheye lens.
  • Andrea Allen staff 13 days ago
  • be well ;-) plus 13 days ago
    it is ;-)
  • Solrun Hoaas 13 days ago
    Beautiful! Did you ever read Kenji Miyazwa's 'Night on the Milky Way Railway'?
  • Joob Kool plus 13 days ago
    You gotta love the universe
  • Brian 12 days ago
  • poofy 12 days ago
    how beautiful... :)
  • Daniel 12 days ago
    i really would like to see this through my own eyes : }
  • Greencross 12 days ago
  • Adrian Culici 12 days ago
    Hi, I really enjoyed that. What equipment and technique were used in the making (besides the 15mm lens)?
  • William Castleman 12 days ago
    The time-lapse sequence was taken with the simplest equipment that I brought to the star party. I put the Canon EOS-5D (AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm) with an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens on a weighted tripod. Exposures were 20 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 1600 followed by 40 second interval. Exposures were controlled by an interval timer shutter release (Canon TC80N3). Power was provided by a Hutech EOS203 12v power adapter run off a 12v deep cycle battery. Large jpg files shot in custom white balance were batch processed in Photoshop (levels, curves, contrast, Noise Ninja noise reduction, resize) and assembled in Quicktime Pro. Editing/assembly was with Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9.
  • Ted Pemberton 12 days ago
    oh my god, awesome

    here comes the science!
  • GXT 12 days ago
    damn this is amazing!!
  • Maria Bowskill plus 12 days ago
    Astounding video, that must have been awesome to see
  • Nathan Hamblin 12 days ago
    Beautiful, really amazing.
  • xloathsomex 12 days ago
  • Michael Rissi 12 days ago
  • Lighbulb Media 11 days ago
    oh wow....oh wow!
  • Dig For Fire plus 11 days ago
    I've never seen anything like that. Amazing!
  • HaJooo 11 days ago
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  • 2ExploreVideos 9 days ago
    Great TL. You can see the effects of distortion from the fisheye lens as the Milky Way moves across the field of view.
  • Marcellus Suber plus 3 days ago
    That was just beautiful. You could just watch it over and over.
  • Thank you for the many positive and encouraging comments.
  • Mario Cavalli plus 1 day ago
    Extraordinary! Was the milky way visible to the naked eye? The Canon D5 is amazing in low light, though I don't understand this part of the technical explanation: 'AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm'?
  • Jamison Boie 1 day ago
    Same question I had...
  • robert deck 1 day ago

    There's a filter in front of the sensor, inside the camera.
    That filter limits the wavelengths that reach the sensor.
    Replace that filter, and you get an excellent, but specialized, astrophotography camera.
  • William Castleman 19 hours ago
    The stock anti-alias (AA) filter blocks a range of red wavelengths so the camera will render desireable skin tones. 656 nm is one of those wavelengths that also is emitted by emission nebula (star forming gas nebula). The replacement filter permits passage of 656 nm so that emission nebula can be recorded.
  • Mario Cavalli plus 15 hours ago
    Thank you, William, for the very detailed and clear technical explanation. I take it then that what the camera captured with the replacement filter installed was not exactly as was visible to the naked eye?
  • William Castleman 9 hours ago
    Contrast and brightness have been increased to make the Milky Way more stunning in the video. However, standing in the field at the Texas Star Party with dark-adapted eyes with the Milky Way overhead is a very stunning experience. Many first-time observers remark that the rising of the Milky Way looks like storm clouds coming in over the horizon. When the Milky Way is overhead it casts shadows. You can hold your hand up and move it around and see the shadow move around on the ground in front of you. It is a moving experience the first time you see the Milky Way that brightly in the sky. Fort Davis, Texas is at 5,000 feet altitude with very dark and transparent skies.
  • Jackson 2 hours ago
    wow, if you're serious, then this is amazing. I could've sworn this was fake
  • Jo Jitty 1 day ago
    Wow, what an amazing image!

  • Iso 1 day ago
    Could you expand on the "AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm"? I found everything else you mentioned, but having trouble getting any info on the above.

  • PJ 1 day ago
    Yeah, I'd like to know as well - perhaps it highlights some molecules
  • PJ 1 day ago
    Ahhh, this is wonderful, brings a smile to your lips. Much better than much of the CGI crap you see on TV :)
  • Dan Trevenna 1 day ago
    Absolutely stunning!
  • Luka Sucic plus 1 day ago
    dear god o.O
  • unbelievable!
  • Verónica Muñoz 1 day ago
    Amazing. I got goosebumps when the galactic core started to show up. Really beautiful, thanks for sharing.
  • Pascal 1 day ago
    wow, incroyable, vraiment beau, bravo`!
  • Sean Tevis 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for posting this!
  • Helmut Kaczmarek 1 day ago
  • gagfilms 1 day ago
    Frakkin amazing!
  • Jd Fernández 1 day ago
    The center of the galaxy has a black hole and it's obscured by dust and particles, how can this light be from that? Astronomers use infrared and long wavelength radiation to see what's in the center of the galaxy. Other than that, I'm reduced to think that this is either the Sun or just the stars by the galaxy core's outskirts; not the actual center.
  • William Castleman 19 hours ago
    The galactic center contains billions of light emitting stars and emission nebula in addition to a black hole and other astronomical entities that are obscured by dust clouds. Astronomers use infrared and long wavelenth detectors to "see" structures that aren't detectable through dust clouds despite the abundant visible light being emitted from the same general area from our vantage point in our solar system.
  • Charles Williams 1 day ago
  • Ciro Urdaneta 1 day ago
    simply amazing!
  • Jason Bosch plus 1 day ago
    Thank you for that.
  • tim prebble plus 1 day ago
    the galactic insignificance of our little planet never ceases to amaze me
  • Wynner3 1 day ago
    Amazingly beautiful, I just wish I could see that where I am in California.
  • The Baron 1 day ago
    stunning vid
  • STARQUAK3 1 day ago
    I'm totally speechless... Makes me think that the universe is simply the most beautiful piece of art that one could ever see...
  • naboamusic 1 day ago
    Wow. Thank you!
  • Brian Nash 1 day ago
    Absolutely incredible. Robert deck - thanks for the link. I'm gonna check that out. :)
  • mm walsh 1 day ago
    Gratefully everything changes --
  • olliegrind 23 hours ago
    Thanks! Amazing
  • Twisted Sifter 23 hours ago
    Absolutely incredible! This video led me to learn more about the Texas Star Party. Now I know the darkest skies in North America can be found in the Davis Mountains. Awesome video.
  • simon yuen 22 hours ago
    fuggin awesome.
  • Pacal Votan 22 hours ago
    Truly moving. Thanks for sharing!
  • robert Yarnell 20 hours ago
    simply awe inspiring... I need a telescope.

  • David Morgan 20 hours ago
    That is some amazing footage. I never knew such magnificent views were possible from down on earth.
  • timmmip 19 hours ago
    what everyone else said. also, HOLY SHIT, NICE WORK!
  • Kevin Keegan 18 hours ago
    I can't come up with any words to describe that...that's a good thing.
  • swamy g 16 hours ago
    Unbelievable. I sit before the screen in awe.
  • Keith Loutit plus 16 hours ago
    Great! I love the watching the stars distort through the fisheye in this. It really creates a great 3D effect as the Milky way passes.
  • Marko Wramén 16 hours ago
  • Luke Pygman 16 hours ago
    This is incredible!
  • Javier A. Bedrina 14 hours ago
  • Antonio Chagas 14 hours ago
    Well done.
  • Cormac O'Connor 13 hours ago
    like soup
  • makemassair 11 hours ago
  • Marcel Boast 11 hours ago
    It's these kind of things that makes the net all worth it, really fantastic!
  • Jack Myers 10 hours ago
    Really brilliant. The comments above by Mr. Castleman are an education in stellar photography too. Cue the Holst and play it again!
  • zsutti 9 hours ago
    Respect! This is awesome!
  • Axel Clissen 9 hours ago
    breathless. nice job!
  • mike ambs ☂ plus 8 hours ago
    Whoa... that was beautiful.
  • Jeff Gammons plus 8 hours ago
    Outstanding time lapse video!
  • Ryan Hadaller 8 hours ago
    I'm really more of a Snickers guy, myself.
  • Dire Lauthris 7 hours ago
  • Jean-Côme Bouden 6 hours ago
    Wahou. Galilée would be proud of you ^^
  • Felix E. Guerrero 6 hours ago
    When we will have those filters already built in our retinas?
  • Casey McKinnon 5 hours ago
    Wow... well done!
  • menchi 4 hours ago
    I wish it always looked like that.
  • J Gray 4 hours ago
    Great Job!!!
  • Kristoffer Berdal 3 hours ago
    Wow, space is so beautiful, i can't wait for space travel to really get easy! :D
  • Jo Jitty 3 hours ago
    Wow what a stunning image! Beautiful!
  • Will Mahoney 3 hours ago
    Holy Shit! That was awesome!
  • edwin rosell 2 hours ago
    Amazing! Thanks for sharing!
  • talkingtonobody 2 hours ago
    this makes me steadily more happy every time I see it.
  • Anders Dahl 2 hours ago
    Love this!
  • Amrith Ram 2 hours ago
    stunning! you caught some meteors too. is that venus rising at 00:35?
  • mike crowley 1 hour ago
    the stars in the middle of the frame seem to move faster than the outer that due to the fish eye lens?

  • wear 1 hour ago
    Beautiful footage.
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