(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)
Astrophotographer Stéphane Guisard has created a gorgeous timelapse of the galactic centre using images from the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
When seen through a strong telescope, the night sky is almost unbelievably rich: a vast arena where stars are born and die in massive explosions, planets align and galaxies move in an immeasurable dance. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the chance to view it from an astronomer's-eye view — but at Chile's Paranal Observatory, one man is bringing the stars to Earth.
You can take a look through his work for yourself (in fact, we highly recommend it), but for now, we just wanted to show you his most recent work: a timelapse of the night sky. It's not just any old night sky (is it ever?); it shows the rise and set of the Milky Way galaxy, with the galactic centre at zenith in between, shot through a fish-eye lens.
Also visible are two neighbouring galaxies at the top left: the large and small Magellanic clouds.
Guisard recommends that you watch it in HD for the best effect.