Watch an Insanely Beautiful Time-Lapse Video


If you want to marvel at just how otherworldly our own planet can seem, astrophotographer Randy Halverson has a video for you, which he shot in Wyoming, Utah, and South Dakota in ultra high definition (and you really should watch it that way—it's stunning). Halverson writes that "the slower moving light streaks are airplanes, the fast ones are satellites. I also caught many meteors which are only 1 frame or 1/24th of a second on the timelapse."

Here are some other things to look out for in the video:

:56 Bolide Meteor
1:01 Aurora at Devils Tower and throughout video
1:33 Two Bolide Meteors
2:29 Meteors With Persistent Trains, very fast and short persistent train to right of the Milky Way. A better one is visible at 3:20
2:43 Final Boost Stage of GSSAP and ANGELS satellites
2:55 Owl sitting in tree
3:00 Pink Aurora in the sand dunes of Wyoming’s Red Desert
3:14 Sprites and Gravity Waves

And if these four minutes aren't enough, you can download a longer version here.

[h/t Slate]