Stacked Star Trail Time-Lapse Created with Photos Shot from Space

We’re shared a couple of “stacked star trail” time-lapse videos over the past few months (see here and here), but those videos comprised nighttime photographs taken from the ground. Photographer Christoph Malin recently decided to try his hand at the technique, but instead of using his own earthbound photographs, he used NASA photographs shot from the International Space Station. The resulting video, shown above, features the stars drawing trails across the “sky” while the Earth creates light streaks down below.

In the description of the video, Malin writes,

Stacks make interesting patterns visible, for example lightning corridors within clouds. One can also sometimes recognize satellite tracks and meteors — patterns that are not amongst the main startrails. The many oversaturated hot pixels you see are the result of the very high ISO settings the D3s in use at the ISS have been pushed to keep exposure times low (due to the high speed the ISS has).Unfortunately as there are no dark frames or RAW data available, these are not easy to remove.

The startrail imagery was created using StarStaX, and the video was created in Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X.

(via DIYPhotography)

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Finally, I understand the ending of 2001.

  • mrbeard

    tried to think of something witty to say but drew a blank, its just brilliant

  • manwithacamera

    Your webpage addresses are too long for twitter. Could you please give short name for your webpages instead of giving lengthy headline as the address. Thanks.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the suggestion, but how would followers be able to decide whether they want to click the link or not? Including more information in the text gives people more information to decide whether or not they want to spend the time :)

  • Christoph Malin

    thanks a lot for posting the video!

  • Toby Harriman

    Definitely agree, that is a bit long for many reasons.

  • Matt Payne

    or you could just use a url shortener when you post to twitter…

  • Greg Schmidt

    looks like an acid trip.

  • Michael Zhang

    We already use’s

  • Michael Zhang

    Is our link shortener not showing up when the tweets get to you guys? Here’s what the tweets look like on our end:

  • Tim

    This is blowing my mind! How can you get star trails revolving around the pole star without being on the earth? surely the pole star IS the pole star because it falls along the axis of the Earth’s rotation!?

    Somebody help me out here!

  • Toby Harriman

    nope here is what I see