There's very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we'll just set the scene and get out of the way. The video below was captured by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile's Atacama Desert. And it might make you cry.
What makes this time lapse particularly amazing--because we've all seen plenty of time lapse videos of the night sky--is the four telescopes in the foreground. Watching these instruments work against a black background would be endlessly fascinating on its own. Unfortunately you won't be able to pay them too much attention. Because damn, what a sky.
WOW AWESOME COOL!!!!!
Absolutely amazing!!! Blew me away!
wow you weren't kidding. That is absolutely amazing. Living in eastern PA I have never seen such a night sky before. I am really missing out living in such a light polluted and poor air quality area.
Time to get somewhere remote I gather.
Mankind can surely draw a very long and beautiful straight line!
What stunning beauty and artistry! Truly, "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world." (Psalm 19:1-4, NLT).
Who says religion and science can't coexist!? God you are one heck of an engineer!:) It only took science this long to really appreciate it.
An absolutely breathtaking marvel of design!
wow at the idiots bringing up religion. religion has nothing to do with beauty or this video. get your head out of your butt and realize what true beauty is. any ways great video. makes me appreciate science even more. makes you wonder if there is intelligent design behind it all. only someone who appreciates beauty would create something like this i think. i could be wrong. who knows lol.
wow... there telescopes in the video???... amazing footage... let me guess a 5DmkII??
@JediMindset... Just a thought for you... We could argue all day about whether or not it's God, an intelligent designer, or evolution that brought about the world and the beings in it. There is evidence all around, every bit of it examined with a bias in mind as to which side of the argument it really supports. I just want you and everyone else out there to consider this...
THE ORIGIN OF EARTH IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC FIELD! There are theories, not facts, about the beginning. By definition, to become fact a theory must be tested over and over, consistently returning the same conclusion through controlled observation. Since not a single one of us was around at the beginning, and it is physically impossible to duplicate it as of this time, none of the above THEORIES can be proven.
All of us take our viewpoints by faith. We believe it happened a certain way and none of us can prove his point.
So you evolutionists and atheists, keep the word "science" out of it because science has nothing to do with it. Let the others believe what they want, just like you.
And you creationists and ID people, don't get preachy. Please. Present your view and get on with your life. Intelligent people can decide for themselves who to believe after looking at the evidence.
Regardless! Truth is God has nothing to do with religion...
Religion use God!
Truth is the Supreme Architect (GOD) of this Universe is simply to complex for a finite mind to comprehend an infinite being. It is everything and nothing.
Beautiful Sky Canvas
Let me correct my previous comment... There are three groups-
Evolutionists and atheists
Creationists and ID believers
People who took so few classes in logic, English, and the sciences that they can't even construct a cohesive sentence
Please people... if you can't understand what you just wrote, don't get in the argument. It's better for everyone that way.
FFS guys, just shut up and watch the video.
And it's one amazing video. I was torn between the night sky and the telescopes themselves - those big machines are fascinating enough on their own without the night sky behind them in all its glorious splendor.
exactly, STFU, truly breath taking video
Science and religion are 2 separate things. Humans watching an event and perceiving something that is beautiful, often have a sense of God and Wonder of the Universe. 100 of thousands of year’s humans have been look at the stars in the sky with wonder and yes have a religious feeling. It all goes hand in hand. Science is human discovery and understanding of what is all around him. Science is a picture of the art God has bad. God and the feelings you feel and the religious books you read is an approach to your inner being and soul. I say again, Science and religion are 2 different things. Both do exist at the same time. If religion at times does not make sense, it’s only because of our own human limitations and feelings about it. I love to look at the stars at night and enjoy the feeling it brings!
Science and religion are 2 separate things. Humans watching an event and perceiving something that is beautiful, often have a sense of God and Wonder of the Universe. 100 of thousands of year’s humans have been look at the stars in the sky with wonder and yes have a religious feeling. It all goes hand in hand. Science is human discovery and understanding of what is all around him. Science is a picture of the art God has MADE. God and the feelings you feel and the religious books you read is an approach to your inner being and soul. I say again, Science and religion are 2 different things. Both do exist at the same time. If religion at times does not make sense, it’s only because of our own human limitations and feelings about it. I love to look at the stars at night and enjoy the feeling it brings!
*FACEPALM* Here we go again.
Ok the biggest issue I see is this:
Scientific minded people would accept a God/Supreme being if one was ever PROVEN to exist.
Religious minded people would deny any and everything that says there is not God/Supreme being, regardless of if that fact was proven without a doubt, over and over again. You would still hold to the "facts" that you were spoonfed from a book written by some Humans Thousands of years ago and revised far too many times to fit the times.
So please.. Religious minded people, keep your ghost stories to yourself. No one asked for you to impose views.
Religious people, next time you want to preach, ask yourself this and ponder for a while. Why does the Vatican hide and censor information? Dead sea scrolls, removed biblical stories, previous revisions of all "holy books"... What do they have to hide? And why do they want to keep it hidden?
Playing Devil's Advocate since 1978
"The only constant in the universe is change"
-Heraclitus of Ephesus 535 BC - 475 BC
so in a sense "science" is something used to try to explain creation. its only a theory. For the most part Evolutionists, atheists, Creationists and Intelligent Design believers all get mad when you try to disprove them. Since not anyone is 100% certain of the truth i don't understand why they do. they try to deny what is against their creed or beliefs. i understand its human nature to defend what you believe in but don't take it to heart. you are right none of use can prove the big bang or creation. we can merely speculate. i wasn't trying to start a battle but they brought religion into this article discussion. and i'm not against a belief in god just watered down religion.
Fascinating. Anyone know the purpose of the array of shutters along the back of the domes? My guess would be for cooling.
As for religion/science debate here is my two cents:
1. You don't have to be an atheist to believe in evolution.
2. Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God.
For those of you that do not regularly visit APOD, here is collection of time laps video that is along the same lines as above but with some fascinating weather phenomena mixed in.
yeah modern "religion" if you want to call it that, is more like a mcdojo. and true religion is dying off and rare to find. its been changed and alter every 100 years to fit the times. the modern bible doesn't even mention where jesus was during half of his life. and several books have been removed. like the book of Judas, book of Enoch, the book of Mary so many other ones. i'm surprised that a "book of jesus" was never included. the catholic church is evil.
@JediMindset. Regardless of whatever argument you are having, you said "wow at all the idiots bringing up religion" and stated religion had nothing to do with it and then in the same post went on to speculate about intelligent design. "Makes you wonder if there is intelligent design behind it all." You're a hypocrite.
On another note, this video is awesome.
@democedes I didn't say you had to be an atheist to believe evolution. I was simply grouping them together because most atheists are evolutionists, at least in my experience. It could be I'm wrong on that count.
@jedimindset and others I did not take religion's side or any other. One simply cannot prove or disprove ANY theory about the origins of earth. When a person starts a comment by calling a group of people idiots, I just get really annoyed.
Sorry to all for cluttering the post. I just hate to see a viewpoint ridiculed for no reason. Here's to hoping that we can all appreciate each others views in the future.
And yes, the view is spectacular....
And Human said, "Let there be a very long straight line."
@CodeZero... Good post.
@ All the religious people who are posting on a science web sight. Why are you here? You have already made up your mind and any amount of the scientific information that explains evolution will not change your mind.
There is a fundamental difference between religion and science. Science starts out examining all the possibilities then uses the scientific process to see what the evidence leads to. Religion starts with a decree by it's deity then looks for evidence to support it. Science has improved the lives of mankind with medicine, technology, etc. How many millions of people have been killed in the name of religion? The crusades, wars between Judaism, Islamism, Christians, ect.
Let's understand, humans have made huge improvements on God's creation.
God couldn't draw a long straight line out of a paper bag if His life depended on it!
@slacklineaddict... You defeated yourself with your own logic.
The field of science does start with all the possibilities and look at the evidence objectively. However, "science" over religion does not do things the same way. For decades now, "science" has been out looking for evidence in favor of evolution, exactly the same way religion does.
I read in a science article published by AP news recently that two separate types of super-viruses had just been discovered. Scientists were puzzled by the two because they were closely linked to a third, existing type.
The question presented? Where is the fourth virus?
Their reasoning? Evolution creates groups of like animals in series. Therefore, a fourth type of virus must exist to fill the gap between the first and later viruses. The scientists started assuming that an unproven theory was fact, and then drew a conclusion and started a new line of research just because "it must be so."
Read some articles. Analyze them objectively. You will find that many scientists today take evolution for granted, then go out with that assumption and look for supporting evidence. Worst case scenario, data is misinterpreted to the point that any conclusions by studies are logically flawed.
psychophysics I appreciate your argument.
However, large amounts of scientific evidence supports evolution, therefore scientists utilize this knowledge to learn more. It is similar to an astronomer using our knowledge of gravity to predict the location of a black whole based on it's effect on a neighboring star.
I grew up in a creationist household and was taught to disregard scientific evidence that failed to prove the bible's accuracy... whether it be carbon dating, fossils, the retention of DNA traits of a species ancestors, etc. After starting engineering I realized that we live in a world where the laws of physics are upheld.
I do not argue that science will ever prove or disprove the existence of god. Just that scientific evidence shows a universe governed by physics where natural selection promotes the evolution of creatures with traits that help them survive while species that cannot adapt go extinct. I hope that children will be raised to question their surroundings and use the scientific process... and not be handicapped by their parent's decree that it does not matter what science says because god, allah, buda, etc has already decreed how the world works.
Seriously, does anyone truly believe this world could have happened by accident? Creation itself is proof of God's existence.