Photographer Vincent Brady has been taking time lapse images of the night sky for years, but decided to up the ante a bit and make a video giving a 360-degree, panoramic view of the stars.
A few years ago, he devised a system made of four different cameras, each looking at the sky through a fish-eye lens. Earth has an equatorial rotation speed of 465.1 m/s, so the series of thousands of 1-minute-long exposures gives a beautiful, swirled view of the stars as they appear to move throughout the night.
The images are taken from all over the United States and up into Canada, including Missouri, Devils Tower in Wyoming, Logan Pass at Glacier National Park in Montana, the Rockies in British Columbia, and sandstone monuments throughout the US Southwest. With Canada Day and Independence Day this week, what better way to feature these two beautiful countries?
The finished product is completely amazing and the acoustic guitar music, created by Brady’s high school friend Brandon McCoy, is really relaxing and is the perfect compliment to the video.
Switch the video to HD, pop in your earbuds, go full screen, and enjoy!
If you’d like to see more shots of the night sky from Vincent Bradley, don’t forget to check out his Facebook page!