Time lapse: Within Two Worlds

By Phil Plait | July 19, 2012 10:04 am

I’ve been featuring some of photographer Brad Goldpaint’s mesmerizing sky shots lately, and I’m very pleased that he’s taken some of his amazing recent pictures and used them to create a stunning time lapse video: presenting Within Two Worlds, a glorious display of the magnificent skies over America’s western regions:

You might recognize some of the scenery; the pink and purple aurorae we’ve been getting lately from solar storms, shots from Crater Lake, and more. I also like the effect of the star trails; at one point (around 1:55) you can see a meteor zipping across the sky, it’s train lingering due to the way Brad processed the video.

We’ve had time lapse photography for decades, but the advent of digital cameras with good lenses and sensitive, well-crafted detectors has made it possible for more people to create these videos more easily. It’s like another dimension has opened in the sky, one of beauty and awe. Using an old method we can see the sky in a new way and more easily share it with those around us. And I’m all for that.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (4)

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. :) You made my day.

  2. Katie

    Every now and then you see spots that don’t rotate with the star field. Are they geostationary satellites?

  3. Henry Holland

    The sunset here in Los Angeles on Wednesday was mind-blowing. I’m lucky I live on a hill and am 5 stories up in an apartment building, the view was incredible.


  4. George

    At about 1 minute in, in the mid upper left part of the view, there’s a “star” that isn’t tracking the rest of the sky. Video glitch, or is that actually a geosynchronous satellite?

    (D’oh, figures I read Katie’s post after I posted mine… but the question still stands, since no one has answered it!)

    Edit #2: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120411.html — NASA says they’re satellites. Wicked.


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