The night sky is, once again, making us swoon a little. This time, it's from our own hemisphere.
Not too long ago we were dazzled by the Milky Way, as shot from Australia's Southern Ocean Coast. Now we're oohing and aahing over stunning night sky shots from South Dakota.
Photographer Randy Halverston shot the time-lapse video of the Milky Way from June to August of this year, capturing the night sky as storms rolled in.
He shared about the experience on Vimeo.
"One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm and star shots. The opportunity doesn't come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it."
Watch for a whitetail deer at 1:57 and a meteor, reflected in the lake, at 3:24.
Want to see more? An extended cut is available for download at Halverston's site.