Horizons: Time-Lapse Video of the Thundering Sky

The entire universe in blog form
June 10 2013 9:00 AM

Time-Lapse Video: Horizons

Still from Horizons by Randy Halverson
"If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon…" A frame from "Horizons" by Randy Halverson.

Photo by Randy Halverson, used by permission

Regular readers may know the work, if not the name, of Randy Halverson. I’ve featured his night-sky photography and time-lapse videos so often on the blog I’ve lost count (but look to the bottom of this post to see links to a few). He has an excellent eye for composition, motion, and detail.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

He’s created a new video, called “Horizons”, and, as usual for him, it’s visually stunning. He has a full-length 31-minute version he’s selling from his website DakotaLapse, and he’s created a teaser trailer to give you a taste of it:

Advertisement

The music for the full-length video is by Simon Wilkinson, but the teaser here has music by none other than Bear McCreary (along with Brendan McCreary and his band Young Beautiful in a Hurry), who wrote the soundtracks for The Walking Dead, Eureka, Defiance, The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which is excellent), and also Europa Report, a movie coming out this summer.

I’m always drawn to what’s in the sky in videos like this; the Milky Way is a favorite, but you can usually pick out bright nebulae (like the Lagoon and Trifid) as well as many other celestial objects.

But in this one, given the name, I kept half an eye on the horizon itself, and became mesmerized by the motion I was seeing; stars, aurorae, tall grass in the breeze, and clouds. Especially the clouds; I’ve seen the full-length movie and the clouds steal the show, especially the storm clouds. Convection cells take on an added might and menace when seen in time-lapse, punching upwards convectively like a fist into the sky, lightning dancing underneath. It’s astonishing.

The full-length version is a half hour of amazing scenes of the accelerated sky. I never get tired of watching them.

Related Posts

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Trending News Channel
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.