Wonders of the Winter Night Sky Revealed in 4K Time-lapse

Since prehistoric times, we have looked up to the stars and wondered, a river of emotion running through our minds. Whilst today we know a lot more about our place in the stars, this short time-lapse from Adrien Mauduit will make you feel that same wonder, for all of its spectacular four minutes and fifty seconds.

The 4K short video – titled Galaxies Vol. II – is a follow up to Mauduit’s Vol. I “astro-lapse”, and is every bit as breathtaking. Taking you on a visual tour of our night skies, the time-lapse is an interstellar rollercoaster showcasing the Milky Way during winter.

“A lot of astronomers and stargazers prefer summertime to look up at the stars, probably because conditions are better and the brightest part of our own galaxy, the milky way is more visible,” explains Mauduit.

“Although fainter, the ‘winter’ part of the milky way and the rest of the winter sky harbor countless unsuspected gems, if one knows how to find and capture them!”

Unsuspected gems aplenty, the video is positively oozing with celestial sights. From the “dark nebulosity” of the the shield constellation, to the glowing magenta of the H-alpha emission nebulae, the time-lapse is certain to excite amateurs and professionals alike.

If that isn’t enough, keep an astrological eye out for the aurora borealis flooding before the Big Dipper, or the California nebula burning a neon red, amongst a plethora of others.

For more of Mauduit’s work, visit his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fancy creating your own astro-lapse? Make sure to check out our helpful video tutorial from astrophotography expert, Matthew Saville.




Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.