Time lapse: Orion

By Phil Plait | April 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Hey, let me know if you get tired of these amazing, hypnotic time lapse videos of the night sky.

No, wait: don’t tell me, because as long as they’re this cool I’ll keep posting ’em anyway.

This is Randy Halverson’s video "Orion", named for obvious reasons. Well, one reason isn’t so obvious: the camera mount that allows him to do the ultra-slow pan and tilt is called "Orion" as well.

My favorite parts are 30 seconds in, where the Moon and stars of Gemini are behind the mesa, and 2:09 in, when he has a little meta fun. Randy also did the video "Sub Zero" which I posted a little while back.

I love love love these videos. And I have yet another very lovely one to post soon, too. But I don’t want to spoil you with too many all at once.

Related posts:

Australian Outback time lapse
Dust, from the desert below to the galaxy above
Stunning winter sky timelapse video: Sub Zero
OK, because I like y’all: bonus aurora timelapse video
Sidereal Motion
Amazing wide-angle time lapse night sky video
AWESOME timelapse video: Rapture

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (26)

  1. bigjohn756

    I have a problem with these videos with all of the damn stars in them. I can’t find the constellations! I am so used to my beloved local light polluted skies(mag. 3.3 on a good night) where I can clearly make out five or six constellations that I find that all those other superfluous stars just confuse me.

  2. I love The American Dollar! Oh, and the video is pretty awesome, too. ūüėČ

  3. Markus

    Awesome video what can I say. Can’t get enough of them!

  4. Scott Davis

    These time lapses are so amazing. Never stop posting them.

  5. Ed Sherry

    Muted the music and played Orion by Metallica under it instead. Changes everything! :-)

  6. What an awesomely talented and well-equipped, well-situated photographer! ūüėČ

  7. Knee Grow Jim

    Was the generic rock-pop music really necessary? Let the stoners add Dark Side of the Moon on their own.

  8. Elgert.P

    Isn’t his name Randy Halverson? Awesome video anyway.

  9. jcm

    Space porn, I guess!

  10. Michael Sternberg

    I am in awe of the well-balanced lighting, especially for the indoor/outdoor transitions. Nice scenery and interplay of sunlight, clouds, and the stars.

    A more stately pace of the scenes would be nice. Still, amazing work. I like Sub Zero a lot. The glitter from the snow, and the halos in the sky really convey the chill.

  11. Vex

    I too love in a light polluted area – which is why I absolutely LOVE these time lapses. Can’t imagine ever getting tired of them!

  12. Christine P.

    Contented sigh

  13. Roger

    Please give credit to RANDY Halverson.

  14. Roger W

    That is Randy Halverson

  15. Zyggy

    For some reason Orion has a certain unidentifiable mystique to me. It’s always been one of my favorites; easy to spot and his appearance coincides with the very welcome cooler weather at the end of summer.

    Bravo again, Dakota!

  16. Matt B.

    Not tired of them, but I wish my computer could play them smoothly.

    Oddly, I keep noticing Lepus in these videos, maybe because Orion starts out so high, and maybe because I was born in the year of the (wood) rabbit.

  17. Alan C

    My computer would not play this video smoothly either, and the music kept cutting out, so I was not able to enjoy it. The music lacked atmosphere and seemed completely inappropriate to me, why not play something nice instead? I can think of several classical pieces which would fit the video much better.

  18. Aubri

    It’s really creepy to me when the moon leaves lens flares.
    I’m with BigJohn — it’s hard for me to work out what I’m looking at with all those “faint” stars in the way! It’s like a completely different sky…

  19. Messier Tidy Upper

    Hey, let me know if you get tired of these amazing, hypnotic time lapse videos of the night sky.

    I’ll NEVER get tired of watching these BA. ūüėÄ

    Or of seeing the latest Cassini images either. Thankyou – and please spoil us as much as you like. ūüėČ


    PS. Final countdown for the Endeavour orbiter and penultimate Shuttle flight ever now standing at 5 hours,55 minutes and 35 seconds.

  20. Chris A.

    Hey, I LIKED the music bed. Generic? Hardly–unusual (non 4/4) time signature, complex rhythms, nice dynamics. I was waiting to see who it was at the end, but no credits. For those who didn’t catch it in sawilhelm’s post (#2), the artist is “The American Dollar” and the song was called “Equinox.”

  21. mike burkhart

    Keep puting them on I like em.Speaking of Orion ,its one of my favorte constellations I look forward to seeing it every winter.Phil could you put something on heer about the apperent conection between Orion and the pyramids of Giza ? The idea is the layout of the pyramids at Giza resembels the stars in Orion ,at frist glance it dose in patular three pymarids in a line that looks like the stars in the belt of Orion ,but after looking at again if the layout was supose to resemble the stars in Orion theres a couple of pyrmids missing.

  22. Erik

    Either my phone is retardded or I am. I don’t see any links to said video? All I see is a link to the sub-zero video.

  23. The music is Equinox by The American Dollar. There is more info on my website or the vimeo page http://vimeo.com/22700617

  24. Nemo

    For some reason all the Vimeo videos have started working badly for me, the last few weeks. It’s more “won’t play at all” than “won’t play smoothly”, though. Two different computers, two different OSes (but neither is Windows). No problems with YouTube etc.

  25. Nemo, it is also on youtube search for “orion dakotalapse”


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