Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

116,694 subscribers and counting ...

EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Apr 11, 2013

Lightning strikes and starry nights

It’s still International Dark Sky Week, and today’s image of starry night skies and lightning strikes comes from photographer Scott Toste.

Starry skies and lightning strikes

Starry skies and lightning strikes over Central Valley, California. Composite image constructed by EarthSky on Google+ friend Scott Toste.

Scott Toste’s composite image is an example of how night sky photographers are making the most of today’s technologies to create wonderful imagery.

He had this to say of his technique:

I stacked (combined) 23 photos taken over a 12-minute period to produce the equivalent of a single 12-minute long exposure which captured multiple lightning strikes. While standing outside with my camera, marveling at the storm, I noticed that it had moved past me and in the sky above stars were visible. I thought to myself, “How cool would it be to capture the stars AND the lighting!”

Cool indeed, Scott! Thanks so much for sharing!

You can see this photo and other other dark sky photos over at It’s International Dark Sky Week. Share your pics!

Want to see your images featured on EarthSky? Send us your great photos via EarthSky on Facebook, EarthSky’s photo community on Google+, and/or e-mail: images@earthsky.org.

Want to see your photos on EarthSky?
Upload or share them today on Facebook or Google+.