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The incredible time-lapse video which shows the rotation of our planet

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It is a breathtaking look at the South American night sky – with a difference.

As nightfall descends on Chile’s Atacama Desert, the wonders of the universe are clearly on display.

Laser guide stars, zodiacal light, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and earth-orbiting satellites are all visible.

But in a subtle twist, the video also dramatically shows the actual rotation of Earth, called diurnal motion, in a clear and moving way.

Sometimes it feels as if the camera is floating free in space.

This is because creators Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado digitally rotated the frames, in doing so keeping the stars steady.

Instead, it is Earth that moves beneath them.

The technique contrasts normal time-lapse videos where the stars and sky are seen to move above a steady Earth.

Starry night: Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco's video shows the Earth rotating instead of the stars

Starry night: Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco’s video shows the Earth rotating instead of the stars.

Experience: The video dramatically shows the actual rotation of the Earth, called diurnal motion

Experience: The video dramatically shows the actual rotation of the Earth, called diurnal motion.

Optical: The video was shot at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Optical: The video was shot at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Via DailyMail

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