Real-Time, High Resolution Images of the Night Sky (150° of Sky Coverage)
Images are updated periodically (60-90 seconds) throughout the night starting at Civil Twilight (as opposed to Nautical Twilight and Astronomical Twilight). Current twilight times as well as current moon data for Redshift Observatory can be seen by clicking the “Astronomical Time” button above. You can view different localities by adding city name, country, or postal code in the search box on the “Astronomical Time” page.
The Starlight Xpress Oculus is a high resolution, very compact wide-field camera, utilizing a sensitive Sony SuperHAD CCD chip with an array of 1392 x 1040 pixels. Due to its low light sensitivity, images are over-exposed in daylight or during times of bright moonlight. NOTE: THE CAMERA IMAGES ARE NOT UPDATED DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. Exposures range from 0.05 seconds (bright moon and daylight) to 30 seconds when the sky is at its darkest. On a normal, mostly moonless night, the camera can take over 2000 images.
Right below the image is information pertaining to the displayed image. Time is Mountain Time USA, 24-hour clock. Exposure is expressed in seconds. Image Background indicates the level of brightness in a 16-bit system from 0 to 65,535. In the images below, North is up and West is to the right.
NOTE: By the way, if you ever notice dark blobs on the all-sky images that do not appear to move with the star background, blame it on the birds.
Current Night Time All-sky Image
TIP: Manually refresh your screen every 60+ seconds during the night to see new image (NOT UPDATED DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS)
ALL-SKY TIMELAPSE – LAST HOUR ANIMATION LOOP
(The individual pictures were taken at five minute intervals. The black frame indicates the beginning of the sequence.)
ALL-SKY TIMELAPSE – PREVIOUS NIGHT ANIMATION LOOP SUNSET to SUNRISE – UPDATED EVERY 24 HRS
BONUS VIDEO CLIP
On Feb 6, 2018, Redshift All-Sky camera fortuitously captured the overhead passage of the Falcon Heavy around 7:30 PM MST. This is a quick 8 second timelapse video. Watch for the burn on the lower right-hand side.