Time-lapse video captures South Dakota’s glorious night sky

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Photographer Randy Halverson is a native South Dakotan, and this time-lapse video, "Horizons," is his love letter to the state.

Watch the captivating video, which features the dark skies of central and western South Dakota. The film captures night vistas up above—including shooting stars and the Milky Way—and tall stalks of corn waving in the breeze down below.

"I shot Horizons from April – October 2012 mostly in South Dakota, but also some at Devils Tower in Wyoming. From the rugged Badlands, the White River valley and the Black Hills of South Dakota, the horizons seem to endlessly change," Halverson notes on his website.

Just as with his past project, "Temporal Distortion," Halverson teams up with "Walking Dead" composer Bear McCreary for a fittingly moody soundtrack. This time he collaborated with brother Brendan McCreary, who sings with his band Young Beautiful in a Hurry.

"Growing up in South Dakota the landscape itself can be beautiful at times, but that doesn't compare to what the sky can do, especially at night," Halverson writes. "Combine that with the landscape, and it makes for great photo opportunities," he adds.

There's also an extended 30-minute feature that can be viewed here.