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Milky Way Time-Lapse


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William Castleman shot this video of the night sky at the Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, TX April 21-22. Watch as the core of the Milky Way passes over. -via reddit

Cristophe, digital camera sensors can actually see into parts of the IR and UV range. When you're doing everyday visible-light photography this extra, non-visible light can result in unwanted lens artifacts and unpredictable color shifts, so most modern digital cameras have internal filters over the sensor to block most of it out. For astrophotography this extended sensitivity is actually rather handy, so there are places that will disassemble your camera and remove those internal filters.
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Nice work William, that is beautiful and inspiring!

I have to be a punk and point out that the Milky Way isn't 'passing over' us, we're the ones spinning within it.

It's really important to make that mental shift into spherical space. Try observing the sun and forcing your brain to see it staying in place in the sky; make your mind see how the earth has to move in order to align the horizons with the sun at dawn and dusk. It's quite dramatic when you get it.
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Wow, that is amazing. If you really try to picture where we are in the universe as you watch that, it can almost be overwhelming. :)
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