An incredible new video shows a giant moon descending downwards, captured on an ultra-telephoto lens around 10 miles away from a volcano, and has even caught the attention of NASA.
The focal length combined with the distance it was shot from gives the clip a surreal edge, making it look as if the moon is about to collide with the mountain scape, and the audience who are viewing it.
The video was captured by Daniel Lopez, a photographer who primarily specializes in landscapes and time-lapses. The clip was shot using a giant telescopic lens, Canon teleconverters, and a Sony a6300 camera. Lopez caught it from a perch near Tenerife’s Mount Teide volcano.
The telephoto lens dramatically compresses the distance between the foreground (in this case, the mountain) and the background (the moon) — the latter of which is some 240,000 miles away.
According to National Geographic Australia, the explanation behind the moon seemingly moving so rapidly is a result of Earth’s rotation, as opposed to it being down to any kind of time-lapse trickery or video acceleration. The severely amplified compression distance in the video highlights Earth’s spin rate, and accentuates the size of the moon.