Another jaw-dropping time lapse video: Tempest

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Aug. 23 2011 2:37 PM

Another jaw-dropping time lapse video: Tempest

Randy Halverson is a photographer who makes incredibly stunning time lapse videos of the sky. And he's done it again: "Tempest Milky Way", an aptly-named video showing the serene depths of the night sky as a background for furious activity much closer to home:

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Holy wow! It's beautiful enough just showing the stars, but then at 2:20 things really get interesting as storms blow in. There's lots to see, but keep your eyes open at 1:57 for the silhouette of a whitetail deer on the horizon, and at 3:24 for a meteor that pops into view... and is reflected in the lake!

It's a breath-taking shot, isn't it? And it's a testament to Halverson's talent, which you can see more of at his website DakotaLapse. I love how the motion of the camera (especially moving up through the corn field) adds a magical sensation to the video. And while time lapse photography like this shows us a dimension we can't see easily with our own eyes, it's real nonetheless. Never forget that: the Universe is beautiful, spectacular, and marvelous. Our job is to appreciate it, and try to understand it better.

Credit: Randy Halverson, used by permission.



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