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Telescope Time-lapse

Photographer Kenneth Brandon has taken a new kind of Time-lapse of the amazing night sky.  Usually, these are wide view shots of the entire sky, sometimes with some foreground to show the vastness of space.  Well, instead of the usual, he decided to attach a camera piggy-back on his 11 inch telescope.  This gives wide field of view of what the entire sky is like, but also shows how the motorized tracking mount keeps everything aligned so that he doesn’t get star trails.

For someone who isn’t aware of how these beautiful time-lapses are made, this is a good video to show you how the scope, or camera lens stays pointed and focused on a single point in the sky as time goes by.  You also see why most time-lapses have an ever creeping view upwards.

All in all, it’s a nice educational video, and again, worth the 1 and a half minutes of your life to look over.  Additionally, if you have some time to kill (and you do if you’re reading this post), check out some of the other videos on his Time-Lapse Channel, they are fun to watch.

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Skydiving Nightmare

Hot off the heels of yesterday’s ski-lift mishap comes an even more terrifying accident.  While on a routine flight for the last skydive of the day, something happened, and two planes collided, breaking off wings, exploding fireballs, and general mayhem.  Yes, this happened in 2013, but this is the first I’m seeing it, and it’s equal parts terrifying and jaw-dropping. The skydivers in the planes had helmet cameras attached, so we get the movie like ability to see this once in a lifetime event happen from multiple angles.

Luckily, everyone landed safely, including the pilots.  One pilot managed to land his plane, while the other had to use his emergency parachute.


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Falling Rocks

Words cannot describe how amazing this video is, which I guess is good, since it’s not in English, and you can more or less get an idea of what’s going on by reading what I’m gonna say, which is ultimately, just reporting what NKR says.  And afterall, this is the internet, so everything is true.

2 years ago, summer 2012, Anders Helstrup jumped from a pane (on purpose), and filmed his parachute drop back to earth.  His safe float back to the surface was nearly ruined by a rock, falling from the sky.  That’s right, a rock, falling, from 10,000 feet in the sky, in other words, a meteor, for space.

The best part is it’s not even something you have to squint to see in the video, it’s pretty apparent at 25 seconds in:

That is a ridiculous once in everyone on the planet’s combined lifetimes event.  In fact, it’s probably a safe bet that it will never happen again.

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The Sky

SKYLAPSE – AN ARIEL HYPER-LAPSE from Rufus Blackwell on Vimeo.

This is a pretty good time-lapse/video of the sky, as viewed out the window of an airplane.  Whenever I go on an airplane, I need a window seat.  It’s not often that you get to see the world from 35,000 feet above.  It’s truly a unique perspective.

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Lights Off

Living in the modern age, in a modern western city, the vast majority of us are denied one of the most awe inspiring sights possible – The night sky.  There’s vastly too much light pollution in modern cities to see all but the brightest stars.  And that’s a shame.

Artist Thierry Cohen has come up with a novel way to counter this though.

San Frisco at night

He takes shots of the cities at night, and notes the precise latitude, and angle of his photograph, then travels to somewhere suitably dark and takes another photo of the night sky.  Then, combines them together in POST, to come up with a truly unique outlook on the night sky under some of the world’s most famous skylines.



Honestly, I’d love to be able to see this sight one night.  But I don’t think it will ever be possible.

Empire State Building

This view of The Empire State building and the night sky doesn’t look that great.  I’m sure with 360 degrees, or a different time of year, you’d be able to get a suitable breathtaking view.



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The Sky

It’s no secret that I love the sky.  I can (and have) sat for hours just looking at the clouds as they pass.  Whenever I go on a trip on an airplane, I require a window seat, and spend 90% of the time looking out it.  I love it.  So this history of the sky experiment is right up my alley.

Some people in San Francisco have set up a camera and a computer to take a picture of the sky every 10 seconds.  They then use fancy software to categorize the images and separate them by day.  Then they go and make a time-lapse video of them.  The above video is part of the experience so far.  It shows the first 42 days.  The amazing thing to keep in mind though, is that all 42 of those individual movie frames are synchronized.  So noon on the first screen is noon on the 3rd one in on the 4th row, and noon on the very last one.  The first day of the experiment is in the upper left, and the newest day in the bottom right.  The coolest thing about the video, is when it fades to black at the end of the day, slowly fading row by row from the bottom up.

The creators envision this being displayed in a few different ways, ideally it being someway you can see all 365 days at once.  I like it.  I want to go see it, it looks awesome.