There are approximately one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe. Planet Earth is billions of years old. Earth is the only astronomical object known to harbor life as we know it. Our solar system is vast and complex. The planets are in a delicate balance, and the chaos that has emerged from the Big Bang has arrived at a place of stability.

Every sunrise and sunset. Every moonrise and moonset. The rise and trajectory of the Milky Way. The fall and direction of shadows as the moon sets and the Milky Way rises. We can predict astronomical events with absolute accuracy from any place on Earth.

This short movie presents the predictability of our planetary system. Catch the first sun rays brushing over Half Dome in Yosemite. Watch the Moon setting to the West while the Milky Way is rising to the South East over Arizona. Follow the Milky Way spanning across the night sky, giving us just a glimpse of what else may be out there. Observe as the shadows are getting longer, and the Milky Way is rising from behind the moonlit landscape. Catch the Supermoon rising over Rodgers Peak and Half Dome.

Our solar system keeps a predictable pace even when events on the human scale feel out of balance at times. Earth’s orbit has been stable for billions of years. Without stability, there is no life on Earth. Without stability, we would not exist. To create life, we need predictability.

There is a calmness that comes from connecting with nature. It allows us to reflect on the significance of life.

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Individual sequences are available for licensing up to 4K resolution.


* Bower 24mm f/1.4
* Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
* Canon EF 600mm f/4L
* Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
* Canon EOS 6D
* Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
* Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon


* Adobe After Effects
* Adobe Lightroom
* Adobe Premiere
* LRTimelapse (

Motion Control:

* Kessler CineDrive
* Kessler Pocket Dolly
* Kessler Second Shooter
* Kessler Stealth Slider


* CamRanger (
* DSLR Dashboard (
* PhotoPills (
* Sol (
* Sun Surveyor (
* The Photographer’s Ephemeris (

Music by Generdyn. Licensed via Musicbed (