The Sky-Australian Telescope (Timelapse Video)

“The sky over the Anglo-Australian Telescope” is an astronomical timelapse video that shows the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars over the Anglo-Australian Telescope (Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia). It was created combining around 3800 different frames obtained using a CANON EOS 600D between June and September 2011. Each second in the movie corresponds to 12 minutes in real time. Each frame was processed individually to enhance the astronomical information. The credit of the timelapse is Angel R. Lopez-Sanchez.
Australian Astronomical Observatory

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39 Responses to The Sky-Australian Telescope (Timelapse Video)

  1. El Guapo says:

    If you want to feel small, watch the heavens on a clear night.

  2. malc50 says:

    Great Mags. Interesting that Prince Charles was the special advocate for this Anglo-Australian joint project. Also interesting that it is termed ANGLO-Australian, when it is a joint project of Australia and the UNITED KINGDOM. It must upset the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish, when the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is termed English. I like these quotes from the 1956 movie, “The Man Who Never Was”:
    Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: I can assure you that this is an opportunity for your son to do a great thing for England.
    The Father: My son, sir, was a Scotsman. Very proud of it.
    Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: I beg your pardon?
    The Father: Never mind. We’re used to that. You English always talk about England when you mean Britain.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      It certainly is a very strange name indeed. it is anybody’s guess why it was named Anglo-Australian Telescope. Still it is special in the sense that it shows the southern hemisphere, and observing time is made available to astronomers worldwide.

  3. Rebekah says:

    Well, what can one say … except awesome! If anything makes you feel little …this is it!

    It got even more beautiful towards the end..

  4. afrankangle says:

    Although deep space is my fav, timelapses of the sky are second … and I stand in awe of it all. Many thanks for this.

  5. barb19 says:

    Fantastic! How insignificant we are compared to the stars above.

  6. I’ve watched it three times already and can’t get enough. The world needs to see this more often to remind us humans how unimportant we really are in the universe.

  7. E.C. says:

    Fascinating. The sky sure is a busy place. 🙂

    • magsx2 says:

      HI E.C.,
      You don’t realize how it can change until you see it in a timelapse, it’s something a lot of us don’t really think about. 😀

      • E.C. says:

        It truly is amazing how time lapse shows so much and you’re right most of us rarely think about what’s going on in the sky or even pause to think of it very often. 😉

  8. HolEssence says:

    That was PHENOMENAL!

  9. Amazing. Makes me feel really, really, really small. And it puts everything in perspective! Thanks, Magsx2, for another fascinating video!


  10. Kymbo says:

    An amazing piece of film (video) Thanks for sharing it with us

  11. travelrat says:

    What a superb video! I was expecting a rather boring time-lapse taken through the telescope … instead, it made my day!

    Great music, too!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      The original heading was way too big, so I had to cut it down unfortunately, but I am so pleased to hear that you really enjoyed the video, that is just great. 😀

  12. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Many thanks for finding it and posting this beautiful video. The world is an amazing place. I wish we would treat it much better. For someone who rarely sees stars like those, it was a treat.

  13. Eric Murtaugh says:

    “Each second in the movie corresponds to 12 minutes in real time.” Unreal. Thanks for sharing!

  14. dearrosie says:

    Unbelievable Mags. I’ve never seen such a sky.
    It takes your breath away to see how thick with stars the sky really is! And there I was so thrilled with what I thought was a wonderful night sky in Santa Barbara last weekend! Oh my…

    Is the observatory deep in the heart of Oz far far from humans and their lights?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      Yes the observatory is in a great spot away from city lights, that is why it looks so fantastic, as you have pointed out, once away from the city the sky is an amazing sight.

  15. I watched this without the sound (because speakers take up a lot of electricity and I’m trying to limit my consumption of it – they remain turned off, unless I decide to listen to something) so I didn’t hear the music mentioned at the end. However, I felt drawn into the spiral as it turned. No wonder spirals are one of the first Art shapes, although they are usually associated with water. We are rolling around in waves of stars and travelling through tunnels of lights. How wonderful! Literally.

  16. bronxboy55 says:

    It’s so easy to forget what the sky looks like when you take away artificial light. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stars. Thanks for another great post, Mags.

  17. Arindam says:

    Wow… superb video. You are having a really wonderful blog. Everything posted here is interesting. I just saw Charle’s mentioning link to your blog in his reply and he is as always true to his words. Lots of interesting things are here for sure.

  18. Selma says:

    Love this. The undeniable beauty of the heavens right there. It is like a work of art!

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