In this gorgeous short film (created by one of our favorite time-lapse duos), satellite dish arrays from around North America join the sky in a celestial waltz.
The short film, titled "Dishdance," is part of the SKYGLOW Project, which founders Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović describe as "a crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible Dark Sky
Preserves in North America."
If you watch carefully around the 2:40 mark, you can see evidence of a large meteorite streaking across the atmosphere above New Mexico's Very Large Array Observatory. That delightful cosmic display is courtesy of the Aquarids meteor show, which is associated with Halley's Comet and occurs every year between April 21 and May 20.
In addition to the Very Large Array in New Mexico, Heffernan and Mehmedinović also captured footage of California's Owens Valley Observatory and West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory.
If these satellite dish arrays look familiar, that might be because they've been featured in a multitude of movies and television programs over the years. One particularly famous film that featured the Very Large Array Observatory is 1997's "Contact," which was based on the bestselling book by Carl Sagan, an acclaimed astronomer who brought the wonders of science to the masses.
Continue below to see more dazzling stills from "Dishdance." To learn more about Heffernan and Mehmedinović's work, visit the SKYGLOW Project website.