Dark Skies of Utah is a timelapse film by Ron Risman, featuring photography captured by his students during a timelapse workshop in Moab, Utah. I would like to take that class.
This is beautiful stuff.
Go full screen, turn up the sound, and feel you some nature feels. Have a great weekend.
To the Navajo people of the American Southwest, it means two things: Milky Way, and “that which awaits the dawn”.
I’ll add a third meaning: “That which when viewed at full screen and at high volume causes you to experience unspeakable awe and joy.”
Another stunning time-lapse from Gavin Heffernan (check out one of his previous vids here), this time teaming up with Harun Mehmedinović. There’s nothing like a good time-lapse to showcase not only the majesty of the heavens, but the beautiful perspective on them that Earth’s landscapes provide. Enjoy.
Hey New Yorkers… Manhattanhenge happens tomorrow and Friday!
Twice a year, the Manhattan street grid aligns perfectly with the setting sun, the glowing orb illuminating the east-west streets in golden splendor. Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 mark the alignment for 2014. If the weather stays clear, you’ll be in for a treat.
From winter to summer, the point where the sun meets the horizon creeps southward, day by day, until the summer solstice, when it reverses its journey (the second Manhattanhenge of 2014 will happen July 11/12). Because the Manhattan street grid is oriented slightly northwest-southeast, the illuminating alignment doesn’t happen on the equinoxes, when the sun sets closest to due west in the sky.
The AMNH has some suggested viewing locations on their site, but any street with a clear view of New Jersey should do the trick. If you take pictures, tag them with #manhattanhenge so we can all feel vicarious awe!
(top image by Hhawk, via Wikimedia)
Crescent Moon and Crescent Venus
Spooky clouds and shadowy contrails divide this image of our moon at extreme crescent, and Venus showing the same cookie-like shape.
Why does Venus show phases? It orbits the sun, same as any of us. This image explains it well (via Wikipedia):
(Photo above by Christoph Malin via APOD)
It’s a cloudy, cold, wet day here in Austin, and I’ve been working my neurons to their myelinated bones getting ready to film a bunch of stuff before the holidays … I really needed this.
Enjoy Michael Shainblum’s Into the Atmosphere, a timelapse exploration of the great state of California, over 12,000 photos stitched together in a stunning moving portrait.
THOSE SUNSET COLORS … AHHHHHHH i can’t
And thanks to the fine folks at Vice/The Creators Project, here’s a behind the scenes feature on how Shainblum does his work, and overcomes his learning disabilities through art:
What if all the ice melted?
The ocean holds most of Earth’s water. After that, it’s ice. 5.7 million cubic miles of the stuff.
What if, thanks to natural and man-made climate change, it all melted? What if, by burning enough deep-Earth carbon (dead dinosaurs, prehistoric plants, or as we call it… fossil fuels) we raised Earth’s average temperature to around 80˚ F? What if that new normal caused the ocean’s now-warmer water to expand, rising even further?
Thanks to National Geographic we know: This is is what 216 feet (66 meters) of sea level change looks like.