Take a moment to gaze in wonder at the beauty of the Milky Way.

We live in an amazing Universe and all you have to do to see it is look up. But with the pace of modern life being what it is it’s all too easy to overlook the natural wonder that surrounds us every day. It doesn’t help that many of us live in cities and suburbs where the light pollution is bad enough to obscure the nighttime sky. If you could use a reminder of how awe inspiring our Universe really is then watch the following time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising and setting in the sky over South Dakota this past May. For best results watch the HD version in full screen mode:

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

Every 10 seconds is about 2 hours and 20 minutes of time. When it’s compressed down like this it’s absolutely stunning, but it’s probably just as amazing to witness in real-time if you’re lucky to live someplace where you can. Randy Halverson has several videos like this on his website DakotaLapse.com each of which is just as amazing.

The feelings of awe that I get while watching this is about as close as I come to being “spiritual”, but it has nothing to do with with the supernatural. It’s simply being able to appreciate the grandness of the natural world.

Tip o’the bastard hat to The Cosmic Log.