I stumbled onto this thanks to my colleague Jenny, who posted it for Geek.com, and sure enough, it’s as beautiful as she describes. The video is actually a time-lapse shot over the course of a year by astrophotographer Daniel Lopez on the island of Tenerife.
Tenerife is far enough away from major cities and light pollution that at night you can see the band of the Milky Way in the sky, along with a wealth of stars in the sky that many North Americans have never seen in their lives. It also doesn’t hurt that the island is well over 2,000 meters above sea level, making it a great place to do some astronomy if you have an observatory, telescope, or even a good camera. And a good camera is definitely what Lopez has.
Both videos were shot in Teide National Park in Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands where Lopez lives. The video is the first in a series from Lopez in which he’ll try to capture the beauty of each island. Tenerife is a World Heritage Site and is home to the third largest volcano in the world, El Teide.
Someday I’ll get a chance to visit. In the interim, I’ll settle for the video. Hit play, full-screen, and watch: