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Lightning strikes and starry nights

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!

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April 11, 2013
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