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Stunning Time-Lapse: Starry Wonders of the Canadian Rockies

When it comes to soaking in the stars, nothing beats a dark sky far away from the bright, blinding city lights.

Astrophotographer Jack Fusco escaped the light pollution that surrounds most of us to create his latest stargazing time-lapse film. Shot under the canopy of stars as seen from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, the film offers a glimpse of the true night sky.

Not only is Jasper one of the premier nature destinations in North America, it also happens to be one of the largest dark sky preserves in the world.

“I was lucky enough to have two clear nights to explore and shoot as many photos as possible to create a short time-lapse while there,” said Fusco.

“In the end, I took over 2,000 photos at locations such as Lake Annette, Athabasca Glacier, Pyramid Lake, and many others. Out of all the places I’ve traveled in search for dark skies, Jasper definitely offered some of the best views I’ve ever seen.”

So put the film on HD and full screen, and take a few moments to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Enjoy instead some awe-inspiring serenity from the Canadian Rockies.

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Andrew Fazekas, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who loves to share his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic News and is the national cosmic correspondent for Canada’s Weather Network TV channel, space columnist for CBC Radio network, and a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency. As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew has been observing the heavens from Montreal for over a quarter century and has never met a clear night sky he didn’t like.
  • Shreyak

    hey Andrew, beautiful Time lapse. I am just curious how much photos did you process in all and also what fps did you use? If you can kindly share the details..thanks

  • Jack Fusco

    Hi Shreyak,
    Thanks! The timelapse runs at 24fps. In total there were around 2,400 or so photos that were taken. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the great article, Andrew!

  • Kyle U

    Great work! Jasper National Park is truly one of the most magnificent places on Earth!

  • Sarah Arnold

    It was stunningly amazing. I wished you could try to take a video of a meteor shower,LOVE YOUR PICTURES!!

  • Sarah Arnold

    And I am talking about Andrew.

  • Sarah Arnold

    Hi,Jack Fusco!
    Just wondering if you take a lot of time-lapse?

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