Watch carefully, as this will be the last time ever this event will ever happen. At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour was mounted atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, in preparation for its ferry flight to California. The SCA, a modified 747 jetliner, will fly Endeavour to Los Angeles later this week, where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. This is the final ferry flight scheduled in the Space Shuttle Program era.
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro has compiled dozens of hours of timelapse photography – all taken in Portugal – creating one of the most amazing and idyllic night sky views, including several magical star trail observations. Included in the foreground are some historical features, such as Diana’s Temple in Évora, the 25th of April Bridge in Lisbon and scenes from the Dark Sky Alqueva, one of the first dark sky reserves in the world to be certified as “Star Light Tourism Destination.”
“It is the perfect place to find the Milky Way as well providing an incredible and overwhelming vision,” Claro wrote to UT, “where the depth of the sky has no limit. The light pollution effect existing in large cities, earned their magic through the peculiar form as it was captured in each image revealed in this video.”
Sit back, put the video in HD and large screen, turn on your speakers and enjoy! This is perfect if you need a short “get away from it all” during your day!
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This new timelapse from Brad Goldpaint is moving is every sense of the word. Of course, the images transition and move through time, but the mood it evokes moves your soul. There’s a star-trails sequence over Mount Shasta in California starting at about 2:15 that is utterly jaw-dropping.
Goldpaint wrote us to say he discovered his passion for photography shortly after his mother’s passing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail 3 years ago. “This time-lapse video is my visual representation of how the night sky and landscapes co-exist within a world of contradictions,” he said. “I hope this connection between heaven and earth inspires you to discover and create your own opportunities, to reach your rightful place within two worlds.”
Check out his work at his website, Goldpaint Photography.
Below are some of the stunning still images from Goldpaint’s timelapse:
Caption: Aurora over Sparks Lake. Credit: Brad Goldpaint
Caption: Milky Way and Lyrid Meteor over Crater Lake. Credit: Brad Goldpaint.
Caption: Star Trails over Mount Shasta. Credit: Brad Goldpaint.