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[Stars], 2017


The Milky Way appears to spiral in an enchanting chain of lavender and hot blue stars from our earthly vantage point. A hazy blue backdrop of myriad distant heavenly bodies holds the closer, rounder, larger blue and white stars in its net. What we’re really seeing is the dizzying speed of our own planet’s inexorable orbit around its star, the Sun. This time-lapse video shows Alpha and Beta Centauri, the Southern Cross and the Carina Nebula moving above a mountaintop in La Silla, Chile.

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