Ever since discovering, recently, that my new DSLR camera can pick up star light, I've been waiting impatiently for a clear night to do a timelapse video. The sky was blue all afternoon yesterday, and was relatively clear when the sun set, so I got excited that I'd finally have a chance. Unfortunately, the sky clouded over after about 90 minutes of photos. This is the first of what I hope to be many timelapse videos starring, well, stars. The process I used to make this video is this:
Then I used Stellarium to figure out what stars I was looking at and take a screenshot of the star map that you see at the beginning of the video.
First a little big about the star of the show. Arcturus is the third brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius and Canopus. It's a red giant star more than 110 times more luminous than the sun, and is 36.7 light years away. Spica, on the other hand, is 260 light years away, making it the 15th brightest star in the night sky.
Like I said, it clouded over pretty fast. Still, the airplane phenomenon was kind of cool. Hopefully future videos will be more interesting.