Spectacular Milky Way Photography Makes "Today Show"

Posted by David Ozanich — 18 Apr 2011

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd spent 170 hours photographing the Milky Way and the mountain El Teide in Spain to create "The Mountain." It's rather fabulous. Sorgjerd writes:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/ g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

Below is an interview with him from this morning's Today Show. Learn more at his Facebook page.

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