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Photographer Captures Stunning Night Sky Views in Time-Lapse Video

"Within Two Worlds" by Brad Goldpaint
Veteran night sky photographer Brad Goldpaint took many aurora pictures during three years of astronomical photo sessions. The image is featured in Goldpaint's night sky observing video, "Within Two Worlds." (Image credit: Copyright © 2012 Goldpaint Photography, All Rights Reserved)

A spectacular new video from a night sky photographer has captured awe-inspiring views of the cosmos and some of Earth's most scenic wilderness locales.

The video "Within Two Worlds" by photographer Brad Goldpaint in the Pacific Northwest combines about 7,000 photos of the night sky taken over the last three years into a dazzling display of both Earth and space. Goldpaint, who began

"I discovered my passion for photography shortly after my mother's passing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 3 years ago," Goldpaint explains in a video description. "This time-lapse video is my visual representation of how the night sky and landscapes co-exist within a world of contradictions."

Within Two Worlds from Goldpaint Photography on Vimeo.

The video is set to the serene instrumental tune "Believe in Yourself" composed by Serge Essiambre. It includes amazing scenes of the Milky Way, northern lights from scenic spots such as Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, California's Mount Shasta and the Painted Hills and Tumalo Falls in Oregon. Mono Lake in California, Big Bend National Park in Texas and auroras over Sparks Lake in Oregon, are also featured.

Goldpaint is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes, seascapes and astrophotography and his images who has submitted images to in the past. In the "Within Two Worlds" video, he used Nikon cameras and equipment to capture his amazing night sky photos, but the images featured were taken without motion control systems.

Since, Goldpaint posted the video on the website Vimeo on July 20, it has been watched more than 50,000 people times.

"I hope this connection between heaven and Earth inspires you to discover and create your own opportunities, to reach your rightful place within two worlds," Goldpaint wrote.

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SPACE.COM EDITOR IN CHIEF — Tariq joined the team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+, Twitter and on Facebook.