Starry Night of Chilean Altiplano

By: Stephane Guisard


Region: Americas

Site: Lauca National Park - Chile

Date: April 2010

Time-lapse video: Watching the Sky from very high altitude locations is an amazing experience. Stars become sharp and dazzling with less atmospheric turbulence and extinction affected on their light. In April 2010 two TWAN photographers from Chile and Germany (Stephane Guisard and Bernd Proshcold) joined a challenging mission to photograph majestic volcanoes from locations near 5000m high in Chilean Altiplano (where the Andes are at their widest). Located inside Lauca National Park at Chile's far north on the border with Bolivia, volcanoes Pomerape (6282 m) and Parinacota (6332 m) are photographed here under the Milky Way. The southern most part of the Milky Way in the Southern Cross is captured in the beginning of the video while as the camera pans to the east the central and brightest region of the Milky Way rises above the volcanoes. As the morning approaches the elongated cone shaped zodiacal light becomes visible and the rise of Venus is the last part of the show. Parinacota is an active volcano and has definitely erupted within the last 2000 years. See a selected still image of this video here. Stephane Guisard -

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