Of Milky Ways And Mountaintops

A few weeks ago I posted a beautiful time-lapse sequence of the Aurora by Terje Sorgjerd. Now thanks to Boing Boing I have come across this amazing view of the sky from the Spanish mountain and observatory site El Teide. As Sorgjerd describes it,

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the Milky Way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

In an era when it's difficult for most of us to see even a few stars through the city/suburban haze you have to thank Sorgjerd for his efforts.

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