Story By: Sofija Dizdarevik, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This spectacular time-lapse footage shows the heart of the Milky Way passing over a majestic Italian mountain.
The video was filmed by Valerio Minato, 39, from city of Turin in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, and the footage has been widely circulated on social media.
Minato told Newsflash that he has been working as a photographer for the last six years and that the footage captures the moment the centre of the galaxy passes over the mountains.
He specialises in landscape photography, and filmed the clip in the geographical feature of Po Valley in Crissolo, also in Piedmont.
Minato told Newsflash: “I shot this time-lapse video on 17th August in Po Valley.
“The initial idea was to take a single photo of the Milky Way passing over Monte Viso, but the conditions were so clear I decided to do a time-lapse.
“I took about 400 shots in two hours and edited it together in post production.”
Minato told Newsflash: “I tried to photograph the Milky Way from that location all summer, but the idea to do the time-lapse only came to me that same night.
“It felt like the right night to make it happen, the weather conditions were ideal and it actually came out really well!”
He said the footage shows the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, only just visible above the mountains.
He posted the clip on Facebook, where it has been viewed nearly 50,000 times, with the message: “The Milky Way passing over Monte Viso. A unique show in the sky over the king of our mountains.”
Netizen ‘Rosanna Romanisio Prochet’ commented: “Saying ‘wonderful’ is not enough, it is exciting, truly unique!”
‘Maria Grazia Arberi Sardo’ remarked: “Majestic! And I’m not just referring to Monte Viso. Well done.”
‘Anna Santoriello’ said: “I have no words…”
‘Caterina Amadio’ wrote: “A joy for the eyes and more, congratulations.”
The Milky Way is the galaxy that Earth is in. The planet is located on a spiral arm called the Orion Arm and with good weather and clear skies, it is possible to faintly make out the arm extending in to the heart of the galaxy.
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