Timelapse: Return to the Night Sky at Joshua Tree

by Nancy Atkinson on March 1, 2012

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Joshua Tree Journey: Part 2 from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.

Gavin Heffernan’s latest timelapse is a stunning look at the night sky over Joshua Tree National Park in California. You’ll be transported from Earth to space and back to Earth again, seeing the Milky Way in all its glory, plus meteors and a satellite pass or two. This is Gavin’s second visit to Joshua Tree (see the first video here) and was shot with a Canon EOD 7D with a EF-S18-135mm Zoom Lens 3.5, and a Canon EOS 5D Mk II with a Canon Prime 24mm f1.4 L-Series.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

newSteveZodiac March 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Superb, I’ve been to the Joshua Tree NP during the day and now I wish I could have stayed the night. The video sound track contrasts with the eerie silence of the place, punctuated only by coyotes.

uniqumm March 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Has anyone noticed at least a couple of unusual items? First there seems to have been meteorite leaving a smoke trail, then there was a flare of a rather bright object (star or planet?)

uniqumm March 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

OK, the trails seems to have been jet contrails, but there are two different clips where a bright object flares! Now that’s odd, since I didn’t notice anything else flaring, meaning that “twinkle” can be ruled out.

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