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Skyglow: Astrophotography stars look to document beauty of night sky

A new Kickstarter from timelapse astrophotographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic looks to capture the beauty of the stars and explore the effects of urban light pollution.

If you've seen the amazing timelapse videos looking up at the star-filled night sky that have been popping up on YouTube recently, chances are at least some of them were shot by Gavin Heffernan or Harun Mehmedinovic.

The two have created a name for themselves in the world of astrophotography by creating jaw-dropping and dramatic shots of our galaxy. On Friday, Heffernan and Mehmedinovic launched a new joint project called Skyglow on Kickstarter that aims to both showcase the beauty of the stars in the dark night sky and explore the effects of light pollution on the Earth's ecosystem. Heffernan and Mehmedinovic will travel to several locations, places with minimal to no light pollution, to capture footage of the stars for their project.

Skyglow will have two main deliverables -- a printed book that includes still images of the starry night and essays on subjects like light pollution and humanity's relationship to stars throughout time, and a Blu-ray disc that includes several timelapse videos captured on the journey. There are various backer tiers with different perks at each one, though generally the price for an e-book starts around $25 (about £17, AU$33) with the physical book costing $50 (about £34, AU$65) and the Blu-ray disc package at $100 (about £67, AU$131).

Skyglow has so far raised $2,925 (about £1,888, AU$3,686) toward a $70,000 (about £46,942, AU$91,654) goal with 36 days to go in the campaign, though it's already established itself as a Kickstarter staff pick so we hope that translates into Heffernan and Mehmedinovic becoming starry-eyed after reaching their lofty goal by May 9.