You know, I was all ready to go to bed, with a blog post all ready to go first thing in the morning… and then astrophotographer Christoph Malin sent me an email about a video he put together. It’s called "The ISS Stacks" – instead of a normal time lapse where you take hundreds of still images and play them as individual frames of a video, he stacked them, so that each one adds to the last. It creates a dizzying, blurred version of reality that’s seriously trippy. See for yourself, but make sure it’s in HD and full screen first for maximum impact.
Whoa. Now I know what David Bowman felt.
Is there anything to be learned from this video? Probably not, to be honest. It’s just way, way cool.
Photographer Christoph Malin — part of The World At Night, which is making people aware of the beauty of the night sky — spent eight months in Innsbruck, Austria, taking 35,000 photographs of the sky over the city. What he created with them is a lovely and wonderful time lapse video:
The most interesting part of this to me is that the stars are so crisp and obvious even with the city lights below. The skies there in the Alps must be very clear, or else the light pollution from the city would make the sky glow, washing out the stars (of course, the longer exposures needed to see the stars in these photos also makes the city lights look brighter than they are). It’s nice to see those stars shining in the video, and honestly makes me think a trip to Innsbruck wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
In early February I posted a gorgeous time lapse video of the night sky in Chile called "Astronomer’s Paradise". One of the astrophotographers who created that video, Christoph Malin, has written an article about what went into making the video, and it’s as complex as you might expect. The article discusses equipment, processing, and the location of the shoot, and yikes, what a haul it must have been! There are gorgeous pictures posted there too, like this one of a laser being used to create an artificial star to improve the telescope’s resolution:
I’ll note that Christoph put together a different version of "Astronomer’s Paradise" that has significantly different footage, and it’s well worth your time to watch.
Christoph and Babak Tafreshi are working on Parts 2 and 3. I can’t wait to see them!