The San Pedro de Atacama region in Northern Chile is prized for its remoteness, harboring the darkest skies with the clearest air. The high altitude and dry conditions are ideal for stargazing , which is why it is home to the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array telescope.
Salt basins, volcanoes, lava and sand flows create an otherworldly effect on the landscape. Nicholas Buer films these strange landscapes in his time-lapse video along with the Milky Way in all of its brilliance. The film, entitled Ancients, captures these scenes from the Atacama Desert from sunset to sunrise. From this perspective it appears that the Milky Way is orbiting the globe. The film, coupled with the dramatic score, creates a vivid and breathtaking experience.