Welpers, this is pretty much the most incredible time-lapse video of the Milky Way out there. Working throughout May at his central South Dakota homestead, photographer to the stars Randy Halverson snapped a patience-defying 4,300 shots of our home galaxy slowly rotating in the wild black yonder. The effect is as bracing as a fireworks factory exploding in front of your face, in high definition.
Summer is the prime time for Milky-Way watching, as the brightest sector of the galaxy is aligned toward earth. It’s great that Halverson is making these videos because they’re something D.C. residents would never see because of light pollution. So prop that laptop on the backyard table, grab a blanket and a mug of something foamy, and enjoy the prodigious awesomeness of the universe.
Follow the jump for the video (or if you're already beyond the jump, look below.) You can find more of Halverson’s space videos on Dakotalapse. Ten seconds of the time lapse equals about 2 hours 20 minutes of actual time. Tech specs: Canon 60D and T2i; Tokina 11-16; Sigma 20mm F1.8; Tamron 17-50; Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly; panning done with Meade 497 telescope, aka “Milapse,” mounts.