Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the below time-lapse video. We recommend watching this video at FULL SCREEN (1080p), with audio on. The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. 
Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around the celestial south pole as our Earth rotates. The remains of camel thorn trees are then seen against a sky that includes a fuzzy patch on the far right that is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. A bright sunlight-reflecting satellite passes quickly overhead. Quiver trees appear again, now showing their unusual trunks, while the Small Magellanic Cloud becomes clearly visible in the background. Artificial lights illuminate a mist that surround camel thorn trees in Deadvlei. In the final sequence, natural Namibian stone arches are captured against the advancing shadows of the setting moon. This video incorporates over 16,000 images shot over two years, and won top honors among the 2012 Travel Photographer of the Year awards.”


  1. Thank you so much for putting up this spectacular video! I'll never for get my first visit into the out back of southern Brazil. Just the number of stars visible with the naked eye or with a decent pair of binoculars is amazing. Seeing the Magellanic clouds for the first time is breath taking! Thanks again.

  2. You're very welcome! Did you see the post about the new number of galaxies? Now they believe there are 2 TRILLION galaxies, within a visible 13.5 billion light year expanding universe. Puts us and our problems into perspective...
    Thanks for commenting, always great "seeing" you!

  3. As Christ said "There are more mansions in my Father's house than there are grains of sand on the beach." It made little sense until Edwin Hubble figured out that the Andromeda nebula was another entire galaxy. The numbers just continue to grow!