You may have looked up before on a cool, clear night to see the hazy glow of the Milky Way stretching across the sky, but probably nothing like this. The video above, a mesmerizing time-lapse by photographer Nicholas Buer, features the otherworldly landscape and incredibly clear night sky of Chile’s Atacama desert — the same place that the European Southern Observatory selected to build its enormous telescope arrays that allow astronomers to get their best ground-based views of the universe.
Nicholas describes the high and dry location on his Vimeo page:
“Ancients,” the result of Nicholas’ long voyage to San Pedro de Atacama and 12 days of shooting in a harsh, remote location, is simply amazing.
“I battled through with little food and less sleep, language barriers and I even broke down in the middle of nowhere at one point, but at least the sunset was nice that evening!” Nicholas wrote. ”By the end of this trip me, my kit and my car had taken a real battering but it was all worth it, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
To see more of Nicholas’ photography, visit nicholasbuer.com.
Video © Nicholas Buer. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music composed by Shudan.