Time-lapse: Scintillaris.

Clever Time-Lapse Video of Collecting Stars From the Sky

Clever Time-Lapse Video of Collecting Stars From the Sky

Bad Astronomy
The entire universe in blog form
Sept. 12 2015 10:00 AM

Plucky Milky Way

Scintillaris
Star harvest.

Photo by Joaquín Baldwin, from the video

Just when I think I’ve seen every variation of time-lapse animation of the night sky, along comes Joaquín Baldwin with his very clever and captivating short animation “Scintillaris”:

Ha! I love how the music punctuates his plucking the stars from the sky. Very nice.

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It took three hours to record this video in the Mojave desert. It’s made up of individual and continuous 15-second exposures, long enough to capture the faint Milky Way in the background and still show nice, smooth motion of the stars and clouds. Baldwin had to follow a careful script to get it right, and hold each pose for the duration of each frame (except for the end, where he moved around to create the creepy-cool blurred effect).

My thanks to Joaquín Baldwin for letting me know about his work!