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Eye Candy: A Mesmerizing Time Lapse Video Of The Sky, Using 3 Million Pics

A self-described “musician, programmer, artist, and tinkerer,” programmed a camera on the roof of the Exploratorium to zap an image of the sky every 10 seconds, every single day for a year.

Eye Candy: A Mesmerizing Time Lapse Video Of The Sky, Using 3 Million Pics

Ken Murphy wanted to visualize weather patterns abstractly in his native San Francisco. So he condensed more than 3 million photographs of the sky into a 5-minute video, creating a mesmerizing time-lapse sequence of the city’s wild blue (and yes, often gray) yonder.

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Murphy, a self-described “musician, programmer, artist, and tinkerer,” programmed a camera on the roof of the Exploratorium to zap an image of the sky every 10 seconds, every single day for a year. That produced 8,640 photos a day (more than 3 million for the year). From there, he strung together the pictures to create time-lapse movies, one for nearly every day of the year. Each starts and stops around sunrise. Then he arranged the films chronologically like tiles in a mosaic to generate what he calls rather poetically a “history of the sky.”

[Hat tip to The Atlantic]

[Image: Flickr user strubetskoy]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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