Australian Astronomy Envy: This Video Is Like A Telescope Brochure

by Elizabeth Howell on August 26, 2014

Performing observations in Australia is on many astronomers’ bucket lists, and this video timelapse shows you precisely why. Famous, world-class observatories, dark sky and the beautiful desolation of the desert combine in this award-winning sequence shot by Alex Cherney and posted on Vimeo.

Cherney writes that the video “is the result of over three years of work” and was the winner of the 2014 STARMUS astrophotography competition. Here are the observatories that are featured:

  • Roque De Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma;
  • Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, Murchison, Australia;
  • Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrarbri, Australia;
  • Parkes Radio Observatory, Australia;
  • Siding Spring Observatory, Australia;
  • Mount John Observatory, New Zealand
A screenshot from "The Observatories", a video of mainly Australian astronomical observatories. Credit: Alex Cherney/Vimeo

A screenshot from “The Observatories”, a video of mainly Australian astronomical observatories. Credit: Alex Cherney/Vimeo

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Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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