Stargazing has been taken to brilliant heights, showcased in a new video released this week by Sunchaser Pictures.
Death Valley Dreamlapse 2, above, was shot by Gavin Heffernan and his team of producers, who traveled to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park in mid-March and over the course of three days caught some stunning time-lapse shots of the night sky.
Heffernan said the new video includes "plenty of wonder and amazement, including some insane star trails, a beautiful milky way pass over the lakebed, and an incredible pink desert aurora."
He added that "no special effects used, just the natural rotation of the earth's axis."
The crew tried out some new time-lapse techniques, such as moonpainting the foreground landscapes, and also some experiments merging regular time-lapse footage with star trails. Sunchaser Pictures also offers up a cool, behind-the-scenes video on their Vimeo page.
They were also in luck and caught an amazing pink aurora (seen at 1:36 and 2:22), which was caused by a Coronal Mass Eruption solar event on March 17.
Heffernan suggests that viewers should "watch in HD with headphones on and the volume cranked, if you can."
-- Kelly Burgess