This lush time-lapse video of the nighttime view from NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) has been making the rounds on the interwebs, compelling grown men to gee-whiz and holy-crap all over themselves. It’s easy to see why. With impossibly crisp images and a rich, operatic soundtrack, it feels like a three-and-a-half-minute title sequence to some new Star Trek series--a real pro job.
Well, guess what? It was done by a guy in New Mexico named Knate Myers, and you could make something a lot like it.
As a Vimeo user who calls himself The Film Artist shows, transforming NASA pics into an awe-inspiring time-lapse video can be achieved in five relatively simple steps. NASA has a huge store of images--be it shots of the sun’s corona from the Solar Dynamics Observatory or the Northern Lights from the ISS--that can be downloaded for free. From there, you just import the photographs into a time-lapse creator, like QuickTime Pro, and select a soundtrack. Check out the full tutorial here.
See our previous slide show of ISS star-trail imagery here.