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Beautiful Time-Lapse of Milky Way over Lake Tahoe (laughingsquid.com)
227 points by hoag on Feb 27, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 38 comments

Would have been better to link directly to the video: http://vimeo.com/14718221

It's amazing and slightly terrifying that the bathing of light at the end of the video was due to one of those stars which just happened to be a bit closer than the others.

Took me a minute to figure out what you meant :) I'd say it's more than just a 'bit' closer though.

If anyone is interested in a cheap way to shoot stunning timelapses, buy yourself an old Canon Powershot off eBay, a $5 memory card writer, and download the CHDK firmware hacks for Canon cameras: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

Sadly the CHDK hacks don't work with DSLRs (yet).

EDIT: I should add that the beauty of timelapse is that even an old 5MP camera can create beautiful 1080p HD videos.

wow, this is extremly cool :) Thanks for the link !

Beautiful. I hope he can do one from somewhere in southern hemisphere, as the galactic core is really quite impressive.


I love looking at photographs but have never really found photography to be something that I wanted to pick up and learn. I think this just changed. that. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

And love the fact that stuff like this makes the front page of HNews. I'm here for the tech discussions, but love to come across things like this. Exactly why HNews is the first webpage I visit in the morning.

Agreed, it's so great to have a community like HN where we can just share everything from coding to photography to philosophy and everything in between. I was so excited to share it here as soon as I found it. That's not something you can say about most online communities.

And yeah, I've seen some spectacular photography before, but this just took my breath away.

De-spammed link - http://vimeo.com/14718221

I would not refer to the laughing squid as blogspam. Yes, all they do is aggregate stuff from the rest of the internet, but they tend to be really good at snatching stuff just before it goes mass viral. If you want a place that'll let you stay infront of reddit, this is it.

Another 100 billion reasons why Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Is it the fact that one can see the sky from it? I wonder what other reasons are like :)

I think he is counting each star as a different reason.

No arguments from me, or Mark Twain.

this is also good - and, dare I say, better? http://vimeo.com/4505537?pg=embed&sec=4505537

Isn't it amazing how the whole Universe seems to be revolving around Texas? :D

From looking at this time lapse I can actually get a sense of the world turning. Very impressive to watch.

This is beautiful, and I'm a photography buff, but how does this have anything to do with startups or hacking?

I personally always make exceptions for the cosmos. Nearly everyone here spends all their time and their money and their whole lives dedicated to machines, to computers, to glowing rectangles.

It's very good to sit back - even if you're still looking at the computer - and remember what's out there.

On-Topic: Anything that good hackers would find interesting. That includes more than hacking and startups. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity.


While I agree with you, I think it's due to submissions such as this that end up leading to things like the recent submission "Solving the Hacker News Problem" http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2252152

Thanks for the clarification, not too sure why you were downvoted.

I guess sometimes we get caught up sitting at our desk, hacking around and forget to appreciate the world beyond the internet?

Frankly, anything that causes one to give pause and ponder the universe has at least some intrinsic intellectual -- or more accurately, perhaps, philosophical -- value. And that, beyond mere tech, startups, and hacking, is one of the driving factors behind the HN community, as the reader feedback to this link clearly demonstrates.

Many of these awesome time lapse sequences are shot with hacked Canon cameras running custom firmware.



A friend shot a similar video a bit closer to Mono Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir2ISR-XjD4 The clouds disappear half-way through.

I've forgotten how cool the sky is at night. I'm currently in Montreal, Canada and it's got a horrible problem of light pollution.

I've not been myself, but if you have a car I don't think you need to travel too far off-island before you get some clear skies. My bet would be to head up towards Mt Tremblant.

yeah, the montreal light bubble is pretty large, I grew up in Mont Rolland (by ste adele) and we still got some of the light pollution.

Somehow I was expecting a candybar and really starting to wonder what the video would be about. Still, very beautiful

I just got this incredible feeling of being on a spaceship, turning.

I want this looping as my os x desktop. Anyone know how to do that?

Download the Vimeo movie (using one of the many sources on the internet, google finds this: http://clipnabber.com/ ) set as your screensaver (make a quartz composer thing, or use an app like this: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/mov... ).

In terminal, run this command:

  System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background > /dev/null 2>&1
Warning: completely untested.

Pardon me for my short sight, but why is this HN material?

The number of shooting stars amazes me.

Those are airplanes. Shooting stars don't last long enough to leave more than one frame on time-lapses.

Awesome photos. This needs some equally awesome music in the background, though.

Try this:

"Nevergreen" - Emancipator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RChF0wlcWfQ

(timelapse video link) http://www.vimeo.com/14718221

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