Time lapse: The skies over Poland

By Phil Plait | May 6, 2011 7:00 am

I’ve been posting amazing astronomical night sky time lapse videos, but how about one that shows a time lapse about astronomy?

Check out this video from cinematographer Patryk Kizny showing amateur astronomers preparing for the annual Astropolis Star Party in Jodlow, Poland in 2010:

If you’ve ever attended a star party you’ll know that it really does look like this (lots of extremely rapid, frantic movement while there’s still light, and then, suddenly, astronomy). Patryk did some special effects with the actual deep-sky images, adding the 3D star fields, but the shots of the sky movement at the end are pretty much as-is, and quite nice.

If Patryk’s name is familiar, he did the amazing video called The Chapel, showing an eerily beautiful decayed Protestant chapel in Poland. He used HDR (high dynamic range) techniques which gave that video an astonishing, mystical feel to it. It went viral quickly; I remember seeing it when it came out and it really is worth seeing the whole thing.

Having seen so many of these videos now, it’s clear that the music complements these videos tremendously. The visuals are moody and draw you in, but the music adds a dimension, a depth, that is fascinating to me. It makes a big difference, and I really do like a lot of the music the photographers choose.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (14)

  1. Dean

    “And then, suddenly, astronomy!” :)

  2. Electro

    So, how long before we start seeing some of these from you, Phil?
    You clearly have the itch.

  3. kurtjmac

    And then there’s the people with their simple dobsonian telescopes who roll in to the site at dusk and are observing well before those with the heavy, complicated go-to setups are even finished putting their mounts together! ;) Also, I can’t be the only one who throughout the video wanted to walk over and shut that guy’s bright, unshielded laptop screen.

  4. thetentman

    Star Party?????????????????????????? Is there beer?

  5. bigjohn756

    @3– I agree about the laptop, kurtjmac. My first thought was either close that thing or wrap it in red plastic or something to keep from spoiling people’s night vision.

  6. IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE

    kurtjmac:

    I can’t be the only one who throughout the video wanted to walk over and shut that guy’s bright, unshielded laptop screen.

    I’ll bet that he uses a bloody Mac! ;-)

  7. The visuals are moody and draw you in, but the music adds a dimension, a depth, that is fascinating to me. It makes a big difference,

    Yes, it certainly does. Imagine the same star party video, but instead with a musical background of “Yakety Sax” (aka “The Benny Hill Show theme”), and you’d get a totally different feel with the people moving around quickly. :-)

  8. Pretty countryside. Makes me want to annex Poland.

    Er…wait a minute…

  9. Beau

    @3 kurtjmac

    Ha! That’s totally me. I’ve even gotten to the point where I can get to our club’s dark sky site an hour or two after sunset, and set it up just fine… sometimes I don’t even bother with my red flashlight ;) In fact the only time I get to a site before sunset is if I know there’s gonna be other people there (like at a star party), and I don’t want to carry my equipment too far… although, I’m fine parking farther away and carrying my equipment if it means I don’t have to get there early.

    I love the pure simplicity of dobs and binos!

  10. Matt B.

    It’s funny how HDR makes thing look like video game graphics.

    Sigh. I haven’t been to a star party since 1995. I’m hoping to at least join one for the 2017 Aug 21st eclipse in Wyoming. (More of a sun party, though, I guess.)

  11. Halina

    Phil,thank You very much for this Polish accent :-)

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