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Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile

Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile

Stunning timelapse photography taken of the skies over the Atacama desert, Chile. The Paranal Observatory uses a combination of huge telescopes to achieve this, and it is quite simply BRILLIANT. The laser is used as a calibration device to allow for curvature of the Earth’s atmosphere and produce higher resolution images.

Please let us know what you think of the footage.


ALL IMAGES: (eso.org) Taken on location by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado, at the VLT (Paranal), ALMA (Chajnantor) Observatories and the E-ELT Site (Armazones) in the Atacama Desert, II Region, CHILE.

ESO/S. Guisard (http://www.eso.org/~sguisard)

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (http://www.josefrancisco.org)

MUSIC SCORE: “Post Mortem” – God Is An Astronaut (2008)

EDITION: Nicolas Bustos



The War of the Pacific Begins (1879)

For much of the 19th century, the mineral-rich Atacama Desert was the object of conflicts between Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Tensions boiled over in 1879, when a dispute over nitrate fields progressed to all-out war between Chile and a united Bolivia and Peru. Chile defeated both countries and took control of valuable mining areas in each. Bolivia lost its entire Pacific coast and was left landlocked, and Peru foundered economically for decades. What were the long-term effects of this outcome? More… Discuss


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Several Years On, Los 33 Struggling

Digital representation of the note sent by the...

Digital representation of the note sent by the miners (English: “We are well in the shelter, the 33”) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 13, 2010, the world collectively held its breath as 33 brave miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine were painstakingly hauled to the surface one by one. However, after the news crews moved on, the miners, promised all manner of support at the time of their rescue, found themselves in many ways abandoned. It has been over three years, and the men have yet to see any compensation from the mine’s owners. More than half never got thepensions they were promised. A civil suit against the mine owners is still pending, but in the meantime, the miners are struggling to cope. More…Discuss

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The Very Large Telescope

Set on a remote and inhospitable mountain in Chile‘s Atacama Desert, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is actually an array of four large telescopes. The telescopes can be operated together to achieve an angular resolution so precise that the array could theoretically be used to distinguish between the two headlights of a car on the Moon. The VLT captured the first image of a planet outside the solar system. What do the four telescopes’ names mean in the local Mapudungun languageMore… Discuss