Time-lapse Night Skies: amazing video of stars seen from earth

Photographer Randy Halverson just won an award for this amazing video that he created without any digital gimmicks or special effects — it’s all natural, seen through his camera’s lens. Bear McCreary, who wrote the musical score for Battlestar Galactica, liked Halverson’s works so much that he created an original score for this video.

Here’s what the photographer says about this piece:

What you see is real, but you can’t see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of 20-30 second exposures, edited together over many hours to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn’t normally see them.

In the opening “Dakotalapse” title shot, you see bands of red and green moving across the sky. After asking several Astronomers, they are possible nonleticulent clouds, airglow or faint Aurora. I never got a definite answer to what it is. You can also see the red and green bands in other shots.

At :53 and 2:17 seconds into the video you see a Meteor with a Persistent Train. Which is ionizing gases, which lasted over a half hour in the cameras frame. Phil Plait wrote an article about the phenomena for Discover Magazine. There is a second Meteor with a much shorter persistent train at 2:51 in the video. linkwheel creation . This one wasn’t backlit by the moon like the first, and moves out of the frame quickly. Watch for two Deer at 1:27.

Most of the video was shot near the White River in central South Dakota during September and October 2011, there are other shots from Arches National Park in Utah, and Canyon of the Ancients area of Colorado during June 2011. The Aurora were shot in central South Dakota in September 2011 and near Madison, Wisconsin on October 25, 2011.

Equipment Used: Dynamic Perception’s Stage Zero Dolly, Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 60D cameras, with Canon 16-35 and Tokina 11-16 lenses. Shot in RAW format. Manual mode, Exposure was 30 seconds on most Milky Way shots, 15-30 seconds on Aurora. ISO 1600 – 6400 F2.8.

There is a 23 minute extended cut, available for digital download at dakotalapse.com for more info and digital download.

Watch in full-screen HD for maximum pleasure!