New Mexico Skies by Moonlight

New Mexico Skies by Moonlight

by Francis Kenny

The night sky, as we see it just by looking up with our unaided eyes, can be photographed with a digital camera on a tripod with an exposure of just a few seconds. The wider angle lens you use, the longer your exposure can be before the earth's rotation turns pinpoint stars into short streaks. Cinematographer Francis Kenny took this shot looking north from New Mexico Skies (an astronomy observing retreat), as part of a timelapse sequence of several hundred frames that appears in the film as a motion-picture shot. The light on the domes comes from the Moon, out of frame to the left.