While the Sun Was Sleeping

By Phil Plait | October 18, 2012 11:00 am

Three years in the making, this amazing time lapse video of the night sky is by Jeffrey Sullivan, and is really, really beautiful. It’s called While the Sun Was Sleeping. Make sure you set it to HD and make it full screen.

The song (which I really like) is called "While You Were Sleeping" by Life Audience.

If some of the footage seems familiar, it may be because I’ve featured some of it on this blog before, like the Perseid meteor shower, and the setting lunar eclipse behind the tower (which is frakkin’ incredible).

It’s videos like this why I follow so many photographers and astrophotographers on Google+. It’s a haven for amazing imagery.

Related Posts featuring Jeffrey’s work:

Ridiculously awesome photo and time lapse of a stormcloud at twilight (MUST SEE!)
Lunar eclipse time lapse
Perseids, writ large

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (8)

  1. Absolutely fantastic work, Jeff. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Totally mesmerizing.

  2. MR

    It’s always neat-o to look at our sky-spanning galaxy and recognise that it is one of many. I really love when you post stuff like this.

    Having followed your blog for a while now, I get the impression you’re really passionate about the importance of both (1) making rational argument and (2) enjoying our lives and making others happier, so please keep it up.

    Far as your supposedly political comments go, please keep doing exactly what you’re doing. There are now more than seven billion of us and more of us need to know about where we sit and how our behaviour affects our shared environment.

  3. cosmicJC

    Darnit, now I feel incredibly small again.

  4. I particularly like the meteor train at :25 seconds in.
    Wooo, wooo! Chugga, chugga… Oh. Wrong kinda train…
    My bad.

  5. Thanks so much Phil for sharing this.

    I am also indebted to Kersty Inga and Life Audience for producing the perfect musical track for this and being willing to let the two appear together. The rest of their album is just as good; thanks for including the link to it on iTunes. I’ll be producing at least one more video set to their music.

    I’m off to shoot the Orionid meteor shower tonight and tomorrow. In my experience it’s not a particularly active one, but watching the stars through the clear skies high in the Sierra Nevada is reward enough, especially when I can share the moment, and show the elapsed time and rotation of the earth under the stars in videos like these.

  6. Now my new Orionid 2012 / Eastern Sierra video is up, enjoy!


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