i haz an amaze

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This is timelapse video footage from the VLT telescope array in Chile.

This is quite possibly one of the most amazing, humbling, beautiful things I’ve ever seen.  At one point I actually burst into tears because the reality of us on this small rotating planet in the vastness of the universe was – well, frankly overwhelming.  You’ve got to see this.  And pass it along.

Incidentally, the light beam seen a few times emanating from the instruments is a focusing tool.

VLT (Very Large Telescope) HD Timelapse Footage (by NikoBustos)