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A Whole-Sky Time-Lapse of the Galactic Center

by Kenny Hoeschen

Stéphane Guisard created this fish eye lens movie at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The video’s field of view is 360 degrees x 200 degrees and is 1200 x 1200 pixels. The original very high def movie is 8000 x 8000 pixels.

In this video, the Milky Way rises, culminates with the galactic center at zenith and then sets above Paranal Observatory. Two neighbor galaxies, the large and the small Magellanic clouds, are visible on the top left of the movie. Finally, the zodiacal light is visible on the bottom of the video at the beginning of the movie (sunset) and on the top right at the end of the movie (sunrise).

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