Starry Planet: Time-Lapse of the Night Sky Captured with an 8mm Fisheye Lens

We’ve shared plenty of gorgeous time-lapse videos of the night sky and “tiny world” images, but what do you get when you combine the two concepts? French photographer Stephane Vetter shows us with the video above, titled “Leonid and Zodiacal Light.”

Vetter shot the images back on November 17th using a Nikon D3 and a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens, so what you see is an actual single frame view of the entire night sky (rather than a digital stitch).

He captured a number of phenomena and events, from Leonids shooting stars — Vetter says it only took 7 minutes to capture his first big meteor — to Zodiacal light. There’s also a section in the video in which Vetter points out some of the notable stars seen in the sky.

Here are some stills from the video to give you a taste of what it’s like:

You can find more of Vetter’s nighttime photography over on his website and through his Vimeo account.

(via Colossal)

Image credits: Video and photographs by Stephane Vetter

  • Philip Han

    I lived just an hour North of there! And I’ve been to this place in Boersch too.

    Fascinating, I’ve been trying this concept for many year but I can’t afford such a good lens, haven’t found a location, and I physically can’t stay up all night to check on my camera.

  • Alex Bouthillier

    Now could you invert the distortion so that the stars are moving around a “small planet”? Just a thought. That is really cool though.

  • AndrĂ© P.

    there is no inversion I think, it gives that impression because we can actually see the axis where our planet spins.. I think that’s it.. can’t explain it better thou.