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Night of the Meteors

Look closely and see a meteor shower captured in this series of time-lapse shots. From December 14-16, 2012, the Geminid meteor shower made a spectacular appearance over the Paranal Observatory in Chile. As the meteors showered down over the site, photographer Gianluca Lombardi spent over 40 hours recording the spectacle.

Bigger and Better Telescopes

Here’s an introduction to the next generation of mega-telescopes being brought on line in Chile to help solve the biggest mysteries of the Universe. The focus is on ALMA, or the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array. A joint project of Europe, North America and Asia, ALMA will be composed of 66 high-precision antennas when it becomes fully operational next year. The report also introduces the European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, which will be built on a nearby mountaintop in Chile, becoming the world’s biggest eye on the sky. H/T Best of Science

A Land of Contrast: Patagonia

The Spanish-born nature filmmaker Raúl Tomás Granizo travels the planet seeking out wild places to photograph, but the one place that resonates most strongly for him is Patagonia, along the southernmost tip of Chile. Here, he has assembled a powerful collage of time-lapse landscapes, animal portraits and views of the changing seasons in this remote and largely untouched region. Primary locations shown include the Torres del Paine National Park, the Cerro Castillo National Park, Tamango Reserve, Queulat National Park and Chacabuco Valley. Granizo is the founder of wildglimpses, and you can see more of him work at H/T Kuriositas

The Lonely Gaucho

Meet Faustino Barrientos. He is not only one of the last of the true gauchos, South America’s equivalent of our cowboys, but he’s lived in isolation for the past 47 years in a stretch of Chile’s remote Patagonia region accessible only by a two-day horseback ride. With solely his dogs for companionship, he’s fared well on his own, journeying to town every few years to see his brother and sell a few sheep and cattle.

Now, Barrientos is 81, and adjusting to changes in his lifestyle. He still dwells along the banks of Lake O’Higgins in a home he built from the remains of a shipwrecked fishing vessel. But a new tenant has arrived to help him guard his property and so have government agents, confiscating his guns, although he’s bought new ones to replace those he lost. Vice reporter Adri Murquia undertook a four-day journey from New York to speak with him and contemplate a solitary existence about as far away from civilization as it’s possible to get.

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