“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
― Carl Sagan
Since the dawn of time, man has looked to the skies and wondered about his place in the universe. Whether you are Catholic or Christian, Muslim or Hindu, Atheist or Agnostic, there is something humbling about the night sky. Perhaps it’s the sheer scale of space that reinforces how tiny our little planet is, or that when we look at the stars in the night sky, we are not so much looking across vast distances as we are looking back in time. Photographer Royce Bair captures the immensity and beauty of the night sky in a stunning astrophotography series he calls NightScapes (not to be confused with Tom Lowe’s upcoming film Timescapes). Bair combines long exposure with light-painting to create some truly gorgeous images of the Milky Way as well as the landscape beneath it. Be sure to check out Bair’s Flickr stream (which he updates every Thursday) for more photos, as well as the setup info behind the shots.