Stunning time lapse video: The Light of Stars

By Phil Plait | March 2, 2012 11:22 am

Look. I know I post a lot of time lapse videos. But that’s because they’re so cool! Still, I’m getting choosy, and trying only to put up ones that are different in some way: ones filmed at an odd perspective, ones showing something different in the sky or foreground, or ones that have an unusually bigger feel and sweep to them.

So when I say I have one that’s really good, well, I mean it. So sit back, make this full screen, crank up the speakers, and watch The Light of Stars:

I know! This was shot on the island of Tenerife in the Canaries, an area of surpassing beauty, and one of the best astronomical observing sites in the world.

I love it when the photographer edits the cuts to match the music, and this one hits that perfectly. The Moon rise at the beginning had me laughing out loud in delight, and the distorted, wavy rising Moon at the 1:10 mark was simply stunning (I literally got a chill down my back watching it). And the spider? Come on! That was brilliantly shot.

This video was made by Daniel López, who created the lovely time lapse "El Cielo de Canarias" (Canary Sky) which I featured on this blog last year, and which is still one of my all-time favorites. If you still find yourself craving more jaw-dropping shots of the night sky, then go look at his astrophotographs.

You’re welcome.

It makes me supremely happy to know that there are such hard-working, clever, and artistically gifted people out there, whose life work is to show others just how beautiful our world is.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (10)

  1. Nathan Orth

    I’m curious about the moonrise. What causes those very distinct lines that you see traveling down the moon as it’s appearance is distorted during the rise. I’d sort of assumed that any visual distortion from the atmosphere would be uniform instead of appearing to be segmented.

  2. Briza

    I love it! Great find! Too short though.

  3. La Busqueda de Ianna? Really? Phil Ianna is into epic music? Ya think you know a guy…

  4. davem

    @1: The atmosphere isn’t very uniform at all – temperature inversions would cause that effect, plus dust in the air.

  5. Especially beautiful, plus an opportunity to see the equipment and setup used. It was filmed on the island of La Palma, where the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias is located atop a mountain with myriad other telescopes and instruments, including the 100 inch Isaac Newton (INT), featured in the video. The INT was originally located in Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex as part of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

  6. Wrong

    @5: You’re wrong. This video was filmed in Tenerife, in El Teide national park, they have another observatory there.

  7. Neal

    I would love to see a timelapse which rotates so that the plane of the Milky Way or the ecliptic stays constant, so that we get a sense of the Earth’s motion.

  8. WJM

    I love time-lapsy thingies, but…. can they never just leave the poor camera alone? Not EVERY sequence has to be panned or zoomed or uppied or downied.

  9. Ron Sharp

    Awesome! It’s inspired me to install the Canon Hack Development Kit on my little PowerShot to enable time-lapse photography and motion detection. (Apparently the motion detection is fast enough to capture lightning strikes. I wonder how it would do with meteors?)

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