Night of Parinacota

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. Parinacota, a majestic volcano in northern Chile (6332 m), is seen here under the Milky Way. TWAN photographer reached to altitude of 5000 meters in Chilean Altiplano (where the Andes are at their widest) to capture this all-night video. Located inside Lauca National Park at Chile's far north on the border with Bolivia, Parinacota is an active volcano and has definitely erupted within the last 2000 years. As recorded in this view the southern most part of the Milky Way near the bright star Alpha and Beta Centauri and the Southern Cross appears above the volcano in the early evening. As the night proceeds signs of green and red airglow (too faint for human eye) appears in the sky. Then the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way's satellite dwarf galaxies, appears on the lower right. Just before the end of the show a bright meteor flashes on the upper left with which leaves a persistent train (a train of glowing ionized atoms because of the meteoroid encounter with the upper atmosphere. After some moments the train spread by the high altitude winds). Stephane Guisard -

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