Temporal Distortion: A Stunning New Time-Lapse by Randy Halverson

Here’s a gorgeous new time-lapse video created by the talented Randy Halverson and featuring a dramatic score by composer Bear McCreary, recently of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead fame. (Can’t see the video above? Watch in HD on Vimeo here.)

Breathtaking! Read more about this video below:

Randy describes the video (from his Vimeo page):

What you see is real, but you can’t see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of 20-30 second exposures, edited together over many hours to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn’t normally see them.

In the opening “Dakotalapse” title shot, you see bands of red and green moving across the sky. After asking several Astronomers, they are possible nonleticulent clouds, airglow or faint Aurora. I never got a definite answer to what it is. You can also see the red and green bands in other shots.

At :53 and 2:17 seconds into the video you see a Meteor with a Persistent Train. Which is ionizing gases, which lasted over a half hour in the cameras frame. (The Bad Astronomer Phil Plait wrote an article about the phenomena here.)

There is a second Meteor with a much shorter persistent train at 2:51 in the video. This one wasn’t backlit by the moon like the first, and moves out of the frame quickly.

The Aurora were shot in central South Dakota in September 2011 and near Madison, Wisconsin on October 25, 2011.

Most of the video was shot near the White River in central South Dakota during September and October 2011, there are other shots from Arches National Park in Utah, and Canyon of the Ancients area of Colorado during June 2011.

(Visit Randy’s website at www.dakotalapse.com for more amazing time-lapse videos.)

Video © Randy Halverson. Music by Bear McCreary. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


  1. Lauri says:

    Absolutely stunning and uplifting. I am speechless.


  2. I miss the prairie sky. There’s too much light pollution on the West Coast, even in the mountains.


  3. Jeff Barani says:

    Wow !! Awesome !!
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


  4. IzaakMak says:

    Stunning video. Great info too!


  5. Alex Autin says:

    Thanks for that! It supplied me with my daily, and much needed, fix of complete and utter ‘awe’. Thanks for the well written article also. I’ll definitely be checking out the links.


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