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1 November 2011

Dr Ángel López-Sánchez A still from the timelapse: the Milky Way A still from the timelapse: star trails around the South Celestial Pole

The night sky over Australia: new timelapse

A new time-lapse video has captured the beauty of the night sky above the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in eastern Australia. (See below for links for viewing.)

It was made by astronomy research fellow Dr Ángel López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University).

"I made the video by combining about 3800 frames, each of which I had processed individually," said Dr López-Sánchez.

"Each second in the video corresponds to 12 minutes in real time."

Dr López-Sánchez took the images between June and September this year, at times when he was working as a duty astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, using a Canon EOS 600D camera.

He had to contend with bad weather, wind knocking the camera over, and, on one occasion, stubborn kangaroos that blocked his access to the camera. But after a few months he had the material.

Dr López-Sánchez has been a keen photographer since he was twelve but this is his first timelapse project. He now has another project under way that will give a "behind the scenes" look at the Anglo-Australian Telescope.


HD resolution, MOV format, 192 MB

Large (960 x 540) resolution, MOV format, 73 MB

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Dr Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO/Macquarie Uni.)
Tel: +61 2 9372 4849