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WATCH: Dazzling time-lapse of the Milky Way over Hawaii

October 5, 2011 - 12:23 PM
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Boiling clouds, Zodiacal light and prodigious volcanoes: If you've never been to Hawaii, this video shows why you need to go. Now.

When Doug Urquhart goes camping, stashing a camera is just as crucial as water and a tent. The guy has a preternatural eye for the splendor of the wild and a burning desire to capture it all on film. Lucky for us, he also likes to share.

Here is Urquhart's incredible time-lapse video of a recent journey from Hawaii's Big Island to Maui, which will make your vacation footage look like vomit. From the establishing shots of beaches that seem to breathe, to clouds that boil away in the sky like liquid nitrogen, you know this isn't going to be the ordinary trip log. Urquhart keeps the camera rolling as he ascends Mauna Kea to a bird's-nest view of distant Maui. Those familiar with Hawaii's geography might also recognize Mauna Loa and the littler islands of Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

The crowning jewels are the shots he stole of the Milky Way, our doomed home galaxy, while bedding down at Papakolea Beach near the southernmost point of the United States. You'll notice a glowing oddity in the skies that may seem alien in nature, the Zodiacal light aka "false dawn." As Urquhart explains:

The Zodiacal light is visible near the end of several easterly facing star-lapse sequences. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust particles in space in the final hours of darkness proceeding sunrise. Normally this is masked by light pollution.

Visit Urquhart's Vimeo page for more details on his Hawaiian excursion, and grab a new desktop background at his Flickr gallery. The full time-lapse, "Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit," is below.

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