Time-Lapse Sky (HD)

Awesome footage taken at the European Space Organisation "Very Large Telescope" in the Atacama Desert, Cerro Paranal, Chile (alt. 8,645 ft - 2635 m)

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See an edited version to show the rotation of the Earth from the point of view of the stars here.   By Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado.    For those wondering about the laser - it is used for "adaptive optics". The laser excites sodium atoms in the atmosphere, which for the purposes of the telescopes acts like a guide star. The system measures the distortion of the sodium atoms by the atmosphere, and uses that information to undo the distortion in the rest of the image, making the images of the VLT in the near-Infra Red up to 3x sharper than those of the Hubble Space Telescope.    Music: "We Happy Few" by The Calm Blue Sea
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