Short Time-Lapse Video of an Unusual Night Sky

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June 23 2013 8:00 AM

A Moment of Time-Lapse

Knate Meyers photo
Watching and listening to the night sky.

Photo by Knate Meyers, from the video.

In 2012, I posted an astonishing time-lapse video by Knate Meyers, put together using images taken from the space station as it orbited the Earth. Meyers is working on a new project, as yet untitled, but he’s created a short teaser for it, and, as I’d expect, it looks really good:

I like how in some segments the longer exposures make the stars seem huge, but in others they are sharp and crisp and seemingly countless. His use of slow tracking and then accelerated motion is very compelling, too. My favorite, I think is the few-seconds-long scene looking out an airplane window, starting at 1:14. I’d love to see more shots like that.

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Meyers as an excellent eye for how the pieces of a video fit together, so I’m looking forward to the final project, which he says will be out this fall.

Tip o’ the lens cap to We Love Timelapse on Facebook.

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

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