Stunning Landscapes and Starscapes in Kazakhstan

Take a moment to stop, breathe, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of our planet. Denis Frantsouzov spent last month travelling around Kazakhstan, collecting photographs, videos, time-lapses, and long exposures of the land and sky. The result a stunning 5-minute break from your day.

I could go into detail the geology, astronomy, and atmospheric science at play within the video, but sometimes it's important to just relax and be blown away by the beauty of our planet.

Kazakhstan is where the Soyuz capsule lands when bringing astronauts home from the International Space Station. The country has a highly diverse geologic setting, but it looks like Frantsouzov mostly toured around deserts with sedimentary structures and a bit of differential erosion. If you consider the Earth as a fixed location, then the stars move relative to us at 15 degrees per hour; the star-trails on the long exposures look like they get up to about an hour's worth of movement. But, I think my very favourite bit is the cloud sheet below starry skies emphasizing that our atmosphere isn't empty, but full of complex layers of differing temperature and moisture rarely visible to the naked eye.