Watch This Timelapse Of Galactic Proportions

You've seen one timelapse of the galactic centre, you've seen them all, right? That would most definitely be a no. How can staring at the very core of the Milky Way ever get boring, especially at the meaty resolution of 1200 x 1200 pixels?

This video, put together by one St├ęphane Guisard, was recorded at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. According to the clip's description, the original film weighed in at 8000 x 8000 pixels, but for obvious reasons has been downsized to the more reasonable resolution you see here.

A fish eye lens is responsible for the distorted view, delivering a field of view of 360 x 200 degrees.

It's not very long at a bit over one-and-a-half minutes, but if you ever wanted to experience the full majesty of our galaxy, this is one of the best ways to do it, short of jumping onto the nearest FTL-capable spaceship and doing a few laps of its circumference.

[Vimeo, via The Atlantic]

Video: St├ęphane Guisard

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