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Temporal Distortion, a stunning time-lapse video by Randy Halverson, reveals the Milky Way over South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Colorado. The sky teems with sparkling things -- stars, meteors, glowing aurora, and unidentified bands of green light. It's definitely one to watch full screen in HD.

Keep an eye out for meteors and their trails at 0:53 and 2:17. Halverson describes the process of making the film on his website:

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 phenomena in a way you wouldn’t normally see them.

For a great look at how a time-lapse setup works, check out his behind-behind-the-scenes clip, with the resulting shot at the end:

A 23-minute version of the film is available on Halverson's website, and the original score, composed by Bear McCreary, is available here

For more work by Randy Halverson, visit http://dakotalapse.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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