Incredible time-lapse footage of the Milky Way from the Canary Islands

Photographer Terje Sorgjerd (who previously shot a beautiful time-lapse of aurora borealis) captured these awesome shots of the Milky Way from Pico del Teide on the Canary Islands. Watch as a Saharan sandstorm backlights the cosmic firmament.


You can see the sandstorm at the 0:32 mark. Says Sorgjerd:

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April 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.


[Terje Sorgjerd via Metafilter]

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James Whitbrook

Wow, that whole video was beautiful. A stunning reminder of how absurdly gorgeous our little water-soaked rock can be sometimes.

I love time-lapse videos like these, the effect is really amazing!