Time lapse: Journey through canyons

By Phil Plait | July 23, 2011 7:14 am

I love astronomy (duh), I love geology, and I love meteorology, so if you combine all three in a high-definition time lapse video, well, I’ll love it:

Very pretty! It’s by someone who goes by the name Metron, who also has a pretty cool video of lava flowing from Kilauea.

I like watching the stars move in sweeping arcs in these videos. So that’s why at about three minutes in, when the video shows a wall off hoodoos* with the stars over it, I was baffled for about two seconds when I noticed one wasn’t moving. I wondered if it was a piece of dust on my screen… then I smiled sheepishly when I figured out just which star it was.

Just goes to show you, sometimes you have to focus on the big picture.

Tip o’ the lens cap to Tim Deem.


* I bet most of my readers didn’t know those wind-eroded towers that look like minarets are called that! The more you know.


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Comments (22)

  1. Messier Tidy Upper

    I love astronomy (duh), I love geology, and I love meteorology, so if you combine all three in a high-definition time lapse video, well, I’ll love it

    Yup. Me too. :-)

  2. Messier Tidy Upper

    I was baffled for about two seconds when I noticed one wasn’t moving. I wondered if it was a piece of dust on my screen… then I smiled sheepishly when I figured out just which star it was.

    One star I cannot ever see :

    http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/polaris.html

    Well, at least from where I am.

    I have seen that particular Cepheid variable and it’s constellation :

    http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/umi-t.html

    &

    http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/ursaminor.htm

    on my occassional overseas visits though. :-)

  3. Daniel J. Andrews

    I’ve taken still pictures from the exact location of about half those video shots (including that naked shrubby tree on the Grand Canyon edge, Antelope Canyon, and pretty much every Bryce Canyon shot). I’m never again going to be able to look at my pictures with satisfaction–I’ll just stare at them and wish they moved like this video. Beautifully done.

    I showed this video to my folks too…they just returned from a trip to those places and so they were both entranced trying to identify the places they’ve been.

  4. Messier Tidy Upper

    Off topic, sorry, but this :

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14258601

    is kinda interesting Higgs Boson and Large Hadron Collider~wise via BBC news online.

    Oh & Mark Webber has pole position for the German F1 GP too! :-)

  5. Nigel Depledge

    MTU (4) sadi:

    Oh & Mark Webber has pole position for the German F1 GP too!

    Aaaaargh!

    DON’T tell me ! I haven’t watched quali yet (I’m at work today).

  6. DrFlimmer

    @ MTU

    Oh & Mark Webber has pole position for the German F1 GP too!

    Yeah, and Cadel Evans is about to win the Tour de France! :)

    But btw: The Higgs news of LHC is not yet 3 sigma. So beware! ;) However, both collaborations have seen a signal in more or less the same energy interval, so there could be hope.

    @ Phil Plait

    Very pretty!

    Maybe I am not familiar with the way you say this, but for me as a non-native speaker this sounds way too less to describe the video! It’s just brilliant! Probably the best time-lapse I’ve seen so far, closely followed by the Canary-time-lapse.

  7. Gary Miles

    Thanks for posting this Phil. I also am wondering if you would care to check at a photo I took while heading to Denver that is posted on my FB page? Shows a black streak across the sky. One came from the northeast to west horizon which is shown in photo, the other travels from southeast to center of west horizon. At first I thought they might be shadow rays. But as I noted the sun was on the eastern horizon with no clouds in front of it. The streaks never appeared to move but remained static. Never encountered this phenomenon before. Curious to know is anyone has an explanation. There were also white contrails, so dark streaks may have been caused by jet aircraft. But still strange.

  8. Gary Miles

    Well isn’t the Internet grand?! Answered my own question with this link:

    http://contrailscience.com/contrails-dark-lines-chemtrails/

  9. Astronomy, geology, and meteorology — can’t go wrong with those.
    A wonderful video.
    Thanks!

  10. John Paradox

    I love astronomy (duh), I love geology, and I love meteorology,

    boom-de-ahda, boom de-ahda….

    J/P=?

  11. Sean McCorkle

    I’ve only recently in life discovered the National Parks and various State Parks of the Colorado Plateau. These are beautiful scenes (some look like Bryce and possibly Cedar Breaks). I strongly encourage people to visit that area and I should add that the skies are spectacular there.

  12. Paul C

    OHHHH geoporn I’ll be showing during my intro lecture next semester
    thank you

  13. Phil:
    Did you spot M31 at 2:10? I also saw H & Chi Persei.
    Nice work!

  14. Waydude

    Oh yeah, Bryce is great. But for Hoodoos, give me Goblin Valley. If you saw Galaxyquest that’s where the rock monster came from. Next video…

  15. Naomi

    Man, I miss the southwest…

  16. Very Koyaanisqatsi; very Oasis (Tangerine Dream film). Canyons Grand, Zion, Bryce, Glen, and Antelope. I often gravitate to the red rocks of the desert southwest when the schedule permits. Those spaces are truly awesome, and I have yet to get enough of them. Koyaanisqatsi was a big influence on me.

  17. Blizno

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I love witnessing beauty.

    Did anybody else notice two tiny (to my eye) satellites moving off the bottom-left screen at about 2:23? They appear to be traveling the same course.

  18. Hoodoos, Phil REALLY ! You’re talking my back yard!

  19. Tony

    Anybody else notice the cartoonish face in the rocks at :40 ?
    I love having an imagination.

  20. Diederick

    Three weeks ago I was standing at the edge of Grand Canyon and saw it myself for the first time in my life. It was awesome.

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