Ocean Sky from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

Astronomers turned filmmakers are capturing some of the most awe inspiring images of the Milky Way traveling across the night sky.

I WOULD ARGUE that there has not been a single human that has not raised their eyes to the night sky and stand wondering at the mystery and immensity of the star scape. It has been a long journey from a bewildered, star-gazing early man to Galileo to John Glen.

The Chinese have astronomical records going back to around 1300’s B.C. and by about 700 B.C., the Babylonians were predicting certain heavenly events.

And now we have deep field radar telescopes and legions of amateur astronomers training some of the most sophisticated equipment yet devised at the same stars as our ancient astronomer predecessors.

Consider also the time it takes to create these time lapse videos. Alex Cherney, creator of ‘Ocean Sky’ says the award winning video is the result of almost 1.5 years of work, 31 hours of taking images during six nights on Southern Ocean Coast in Australia.

Years of patience and hard work on a nearly three minute video. Videos such as these 7 give us a sense of time travel, space travel and a god like perspective of the whole confounded kaleidoscope!

Show me another genre that boasts practitioners of such dedication.

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