Sometimes, the camera can see more than our eyes – especially when you're doing long exposures in dark places. There's few better ways to see the stars than to let a DSLR camera stay up all night for you! Scroll down for our gallery of amazing night sky images, like the one above – a composition of more than 150 shots and three levels of exposure, taken in a very cold place.
Sunrise and stars
This final frame of a timelapse sequence by Maurizio Pignotti is entitled 'Hyperspace'.
Stars and stone
Pignotti swears this image of the Milky Way is directly off of his camera with no re-touching.
Big circles in the sky
Sixteen different images were combined to the make this eerie image.
The famous Aurora Borealis lights up the night time sky. To see lights like this, you generally need to head to the northern latitudes in places such as Norway, Canada, or Iceland.
Big sky at Big Stick
Near the San Juan River in Bluff, Utah, is the 'Big Stick' campground, know for rock art, ruins, geology, wildlife – and dark night sky.
This is the night sky above the extraordinary landscape of Mt Bromo, in Indonesia.
Starlight and stones
Rocks line the beach in Conero Regional Park in Italy in this single-exposure image.
Black and blue
This shot of snow-covered mountains is a composite of 180 images, and required a 'zoom machine'.
Lake Pilat sits 2,000m above sea level – and damn near as close to the stars as you can get.
This is the view across a group of 'ice penitentes' on a high-altitude plateau in the Chilean Andes, looking towards the Licancabur volcano. Penitentes, or 'nieves penitentes', are a snow formation found at high altitudes.
A stargazer watches the southern view of the Milky Way from the Altiplano, a high plain in northern Chile. The two brightest stars of the Earth night sky, Sirius and Canopus, are on the right.
A grand vision
Night sky over the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, with bands of green and red appearing above the horizon. The Teton mountains appear in the background and the famous Snake River is at the bottom.
'Metorea' means 'middle of the sky' or 'in the heavens above'. This World Heritage site is a historic complex of bizarre monasteries built here on amazing natural sandstone rock pillars. Some are approximately one thousand years old.
Night and day
This shot was actually taken quite late at night, as stars move over the Coyote Buttes wave, a sandstone formation near the Arizona-Utah border.
Stars and sand
This is a desert we'd love to be stuck in – the clear, cold air of arid desert often makes for the best stargazing.