“This is four minutes of some of the most breathtaking sky you’ve ever seen. Shot in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah and Colorado during the months of June, September and October 2011, the video is made up of multiple long-exposure photographs painstakingly combined into seamless footage, capturing the stars, sky and landscape together in a way that conventional video cameras cannot.
What you are seeing here is an ordered array of literally thousands of 15-30 second exposures shot with professional Canon dSLRs, and given life via the music of composer Bear McCreary.”
This is one of the best time-lapse-videos of the sky that I’ve seen yet, probably about the third or fourth that I’ve posted on my Tumblr, now.
They never fail to make me emotional like a girl watching the Notebook (for the record, I do not enjoy that movie.) I find it often hard to describe how I feel about religion and spirituality, but if someone were to ask me what my spirituality was, I feel that this video best sums it up. Which is ironic, because when I first learned about the stars in Science class I would have never imagined I would have regarded them as anything more than a Science, since that’s what it is.
But watching this, watching various films about space, watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series and knowing where human life came from - the stars … it’s more than a place outside of us. It is us. And it pays no remorse or mercy to anything but it’s whole. Everyone, everything, every single atom here or anywhere else, is an equal to the heavens. I can’t even think of a word that describes how I feel about that, alone. Endearing? Absolute awe? (Okay, that’s two words, but that’s as close as I can get.) I wonder if astronomers and other astronomy-enthusiasts feel the same way?
This was actually difficult for me to write. I hope it makes some sort of sense.
“Randy Halverson is an astrophotographer who takes gorgeous pictures of the sky and puts them together into amazing time lapse videos. On Google+ this morning he posted a picture he took last night, and it’s simply stunning: the International Space Station rising into the Milky Way, with both reflected on a lake’s still waters.”