Stunning New Timelapse: Storms and Stars at Joshua Tree

by Nancy Atkinson on November 19, 2012

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Here’s another gorgeous timelapse by Gavin Heffernan, who returned to Joshua Tree National Park in California for his third look at the incredible night sky. “It was an epic night,” Gavin told UT, “with storms at first, then some of the clearest skies I’ve ever seen.”

The sky is ablaze with activity; the rolling storm, the Milky Way in all its glory, plus meteors, satellites and aircraft passing overhead. Gavin and his Sunchaser Pictures team shot the footage with a Canon 7D and Canon 5D, with a 24mm/1.4 lens and a 28mm/1.8. Most intervals are 25 seconds, except the 1st, which is 30 second, Gavin said.

If you like this one, take a look at Gavin’s first and second visits to Joshua Tree, too.

JOSHUA TREE JOURNEY 3: STORM from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.

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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.

CJSF November 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Minor nit: Joshua Tree is a National Park (and a National Monument prior to 1994), not a state park.

CJSF

NancyAtkinson November 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Thank you! Corrected.

Dominic Makin November 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Superb.

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