New Jersey may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about stargazing—however you may change your mind after watching this stunning new video.
A parade of bright constellations of every season glide into view throughout the film as a busy highway of planes constantly buzz through the starfields. One surprising highlight: the footage shows the Milky Way galaxy’s bright central core—located more than 30,000 light years away—repeatedly gliding across the frame despite the bright city lights.
Astrophotographer Jack Fusco spent 10 months shooting this time lapse film, stitching together 5,000 long exposures of the Jersey shoreline to create a collage showing serene views of eerily empty beaches and beautiful coastline locations accompanied by stars traveling across the skies above.
With all the light pollution from heavily populated areas, New Jersey is far from the most ideal location for sky-watching. However along the coastline the brighter constellations can be seen with the naked eye, while binocular views and longer exposure photography can even show off the Milky Way.
“It’s certainly a challenge to find areas that are suitable for this type of photography,” said Fusco. “That, however, is something I hope people can realize when watching the time-lapse and feel inspired to find an area where they live for stargazing.”