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This is an amazing interactive panoramic photo of the milky way. Taken by a disillusioned marketing director who upped sticks and traveled through the USA and South Africa taking thousands of photos of the milky way. The picture is 5000 megapixels and is the largest full colour image ever produced of the milky way. The image allows you to pan and zoom in. Have a play.
This is absolutely breath taking. From the Vimeo page:
This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
There really is not a lot more fascinating, awesome … and geeky … than astronomy. Having just read the book Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait (that guy seriously needs to drag his website kicking and screaming out of the ’90′s), I’ve got a new found respect for the universe, cosmic flotsam and our (rather insignificant) place in it. Bad Astronomy is a great way to discover some of the basics of astronomy and how our universe works. It explores topics like gravity (the ultimate boss of the universe), tides, supernovas and the moon landing “hoax”, in an understandable, but comprehensive way. Definitely worth a look if you want a primer in the building blocks of our existence.
But for an ongoing astronomical education, you can’t go past NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Each day, they publish a picture of some aspect of our universe, with a detailed explanation of the picture. A great place to learn stuff. Check out some of these pics: