This timelapse is called An Astronomer’s Paradise, and was created by Babak Tafreshi on Vimeo. It is 00:02:38 long. The last time we checked (on May 8th, 2015), it had around 46,000 plays on Vimeo


Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on!
Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world’s leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory ( the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on Paranal, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry. Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are important elements of the VLT interferometer. This footage is made during an imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). All video rights reserved by Babak Tafreshi ( of The World at Night (TWAN) program. The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms ( Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], written & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (

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