This stunning stellar display comes from the European Southern Observatory. The images were captured by S. Guisard and José Francisco Salgado with the aptly named Very Large Telescope (apparently, they decided to go with a literal name on this one). The HD footage shows the sky as it spins over the Very Large Telescope observatory in Chile, which is one of the finest observatories in one of the darkest sites on the planet. So be warned, if you live in a light polluted area, you might get a bit jealous. And be sure to pay attention at 1:10, where you see the Milky Way rising above the mountains.

Once you watch that, be sure to get a more “accurate” perspective— instead of the sky moving around us (in a typically geocentric fashion) this video shows the Earth as it rotates under the sky.


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