The Grand Canyon's overwhelming size and colorful landscape is a stunning sight on any regular day, but a time-lapse video recently captured as part of the SKYGLOW project shows the canyon in a way few have ever seen before.
SKYGLOW’s mesmerizing footage shows an extremely rare weather phenomenon known as full cloud inversion that occurs in minutes. It happens on days when cold air that’s trapped in the canyon is covered by a layer of warm air, and then combined with condensation.
The fog that’s created sweeps over the canyon floor, causing a mesmerizing effect that looks like a cross between ocean waves and really fast clouds. At its height, it makes the Grand Canyon look like a beach, with clouds flowing like ocean waves at high tide.
“We were extremely lucky to be there to capture it, and it’s a collection of unique footage not found anywhere else,” SKYGLOW producer Harun Mehmedinovic told Gizmodo.
The goal of the project is to educate viewers about the effects of light pollution. SKYGLOW is working in collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association to record some of the best views of night skies from all over the world.