Milky Way and Everest: Video by Alex Rivest.

The Milky Way and the Tallest Mountain (Video)

The Milky Way and the Tallest Mountain (Video)

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Nov. 25 2014 7:00 AM

The Milky Way and the Tallest Mountain

Mt Everest at sunset
The twilight's last gleaming.

Photo by Alex Rivest, from the video

Take one part Himalayan mountain, one part gigantic galaxy (seen from a distance), and one part photographer (premixed with talent + adventurousness), and mix them together to produce three minutes of magnificence:

That amazing video was shot by Alex Rivest (who previously has been featured on the blog for two stunning time-lapse videos using astronaut photography from the International Space Station). Just the view of the last rays of the setting Sun washing the peak of Mount Everest in yellow light is worth the watch, but then the Milky Way, our home galaxy, looming over it, dwarfing our sense of scale and distance? Gorgeous.