Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie by Babak Tafeshi, Chrisotph Malin, and Stephane Guisard. Cerro Paranal is truly an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady, and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world’s leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on Paranal, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry. Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are essential elements of the VLT interferometer. Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky. It is an amazing experience to be under an ideal night sky, a pure natural beauty unspoiled by urban lights. In many areas of the Atacama Desert when you look all around the horizon there is no prominent sign of city lights, neither direct lights or light domes. There are not many locations left on this planet where you can still experience a dark sky like this. Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer in to the deep cosmos using giant telescopes.
The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms, song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], wrote & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae. Produced by Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi



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  • Elizabeth Reply

    Thanks for this video. Is wonderful to see how the sky changes. The stars and planets are moving like they are dancing in front of us. The photos are incredibles. Good job¡¡

    February 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm
  • maria ines iturralde Reply

    This images enhance my devotion to nature

    May 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    May 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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