"Stars on the Move"
For full movie in 4K check:
Although I consider myself a still photographer, I often let my backup camera capture a time lapse sequence, while taking nightscapes with my main equipment.
The linked time lapse movie therefore is a by-product from my last 3 years of my night photography endeavours and consists of roughly 10'000 still images taken with my trusty Canon EOS 7D mk ll APS-C backup body. It is best viewed directly on my Youtube channel in 4K resolution.
It nicely shows the beauty of our fragile starship called earth and of the galaxy it moves through. The constant rotation of earth and its movement around the sun, not only produce our seasons, but also the ever changing and nevertheless repeating dance of the Milky Way band through our night sikes.
Unfortunately the number of humans that are able to witness this dance is dwindling fast due to the exponential growth of artificial lighing and its associated light pollution.
This is a huge loss for all of humanity, as there is hardly anything more inspiring than the sheer beauty of a star filled sky as seen from a truely dark site.
This movie shows some of the darkest locations I have ever visited, but also the effect of light pollution at some rather bright regions in Switzerland and Italy, where it gets hard to make the Milky Way visible even in long exposure photography. The last part was taken from the flight deck of an airliner cruising at 35'000 feet over Spain and southern France, and shows again the amount of light pollution and the density of air traffic over Europe.
I hope I can pass along a small part of the inspiration I get from photographing the night sky around our beautiful home planet.