Awesome timelapse video: Rapture

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Nov. 1 2010 6:00 AM

Awesome timelapse video: Rapture

Tom Lowe is an amazing photographer who makes devastating, astonishing timelapse videos of the night sky. Once again, he does not disappoint. Here's your must-see video of the day: Rapture.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Make sure it's set to HD, make it full screen, and turn your speakers up. I suggest letting the video buffer get well ahead, too, so it doesn't skip.

Rapture is a paean to the American Southwest, one of my favorite regions on the planet. But the video's loaded with gorgeous, sensuous astronomical skyscapes as well. Tom takes time exposures long enough to register faint night sky objects, but at the same time uses slow tracking to move the camera. The superposition of the ground and sky motion is simply mesmerizing. The music by Nigel "John" Stanford is incredibly compelling, too.

How many deep-sky objects can you identify in the video? The Andromeda Galaxy makes a brief appearance, and when the hub of the Milky Way slides across the sky, it's awesome to behold.

Tom is the real thing. You should also check out his "Death Is the Road to Awe", a similar timelapse video.

Simply incredible. There is such beauty out there, and such gifted artists who can capture it and show it to us.



My thanks to Tom for giving me the heads-up on this. Follow him on Twitter for more information about his amazing work.