Beautiful Time-Lapses of the Clearest Night Sky You’ve Ever Seen


We don’t know about you, but these phenomenal time-lapse videos, each of a single night at 5000 meters altitude at the ALMA observatory on the Chajnantor plateau, in the II Region of Chile, remind us of our impossible tininess in the universe. Created by José Francisco Salgado, the short films allow the viewer to experience the earth’s movement as well as catch a glimpse of the Milky Way in all its glory. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is “the world’s largest astronomical project in existence,” an international partnership between the scientific communities of East Asia, Europe, North America and Chile that seeks to study the origins of the universe. Click through to watch the videos — we suggest fullscreen.

[via Laughing Squid]