Milkyway rises over Texas video, in honor of Hubble

In honoring the success of the Hubble repair mission star watchers across the globe are holding "star parties" to observe the heavens. Neowin recently posted pictures of Atlantis pulling Hubble out of orbit and today, in celebration of the successful Hubble repair mission, we bring you the video below.

The Hubble has been successfully repaired and the last humans to ever touch it have left the telescope. The final day was relatively drama free other than the emotions of those on board who completed the dangerous space walks some 350 miles above the Earth.

The telescope has serviced a vital role in exploring our Universe. It has proven that there is so much to discover and the pictures from Hubble today will help future generations move about the Universe.

In short you will see the Milky Way rise and set across the Texas sky in a video that is truly breath taking.

For those wondering how the photographer took the video, he used a "Canon EOS-5D (AA screen modified to record hydrogen alpha at 656 nm) with an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens on a weighted tripod. Exposures were 20 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 1600 followed by 40 second interval. Exposures were controlled by an interval timer shutter release (Canon TC80N3). Power was provided by a Hutech EOS203 12v power adapter run off a 12v deep cycle battery. Large jpg files shot in custom white balance were batch processed in Photoshop (levels, curves, contrast, Noise Ninja noise reduction, resize) and assembled in Quicktime Pro. Editing/assembly was with Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9."

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

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Space the final frontier... sadly with all the space junk floating around already in our space area. I wonder if we'll ever get anywhere besides polluting up our only breathable planet :/

Still, it is always amazing to see the world beyond even though its only through a lens

ThePitt said,
scares a lil... The thing here is that always was there...

A lil? How about a lot! Our whole solar system is a spec in that big band...go figure. If you thought your state was big...lol. An ant to the world is like our solar system is to the galaxy (heh and theres more than one....eyeyeye). Its pretty amazing and scary together...Beautiful though indeed!!

Sure you can. I saw it when I was in Maine many years ago. I remember laying on a dock for hours looking at the sky. It truly is mind blowing.

Were we able to see the Milky Way because of the sensitivity of the camera? Or, would we have been able to look up and see that with the naked eye?

I live in CT, so the most I see when I look at the sky is black and white.

spacer said,
Were we able to see the Milky Way because of the sensitivity of the camera? Or, would we have been able to look up and see that with the naked eye?

I live in CT, so the most I see when I look at the sky is black and white.


You'd need a very clear low humidity night and a good time lapse (long open shutter) to get a view of it

neufuse said,

You'd need a very clear low humidity night and a good time lapse (long open shutter) to get a view of it

Plus nearly zero nearby city lights.

spacer, the sky you see if black and white because of the city lights. If you want to check how the sky really looks like go somewhere really remotely far away from any human-made light sources.

I've gotten some sweet shots of the Milky Way from the Adirondacks -- heading up there again in July, maybe I'll try a timelapse this time!

wow...... I never thought you could see it that well anywhere on earth... sure 15 second exposures but from ground level that is amazing!

I can tell you've never been to sea. Try being out in the middle of the Pacific on a ship with no lights on, you'd be amazed what you can see.