Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution

Two photographers have crisscrossed North America to escape the light pollution of occupied areas and capture the original beauty of the night sky.

Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović traveled more than 150,000 miles to a staggering 500 locations across North America in order to capture these images, which feature millions of stars, far-off galaxies and areas of extreme darkness that offer an almost primeval contrast to glowing cities.

Heffernan, 37, said the aim of the series, called Skyglow, was to show off the incredible vastness of the night sky, in the hope of inspiring people to care about dark skies. (Caters News)

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Death Valley National Park

Light pollution stops the views of the night sky for many, but these breathtaking photos show its real beauty. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Carhenge, Nebraska

Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic travelled more than 150,000 miles to a staggering 500 locations across North America in order to capture the works. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

These works feature millions of stars, far-off galaxies and areas of extreme darkness that are a far cry from glowing cities. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Blackfeet lodgepole tipi village, Montana

The aim of the series, called Skyglow, was to show of the incredible vastness of the night sky, Gavin, 37, said, in the hope of inspiring people to care about dark skies. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

Working in conjunction with the International Dark Sky Association, filmmakers Gavin and Harun created maps that would take them to areas free from light pollution, where they would then shoot the skies using long-exposure settings. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Bishop Petroglyphs, California

Doing so allowed the pair to capture the likes of the Milky Way and even meteors in states such as Arizona, California and Nebraska. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Grand Tetons National Park

Gavin, who is based in Los Angeles, California, said: “The biggest challenges to the project were really weather and logistics. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Ancient Bristlecone Forest, California

“Because we were limited to shooting on nights with smaller moons – full moons blow out the long exposure photos. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

We were already restricted on potential scheduling, but we also had to deal with clouds, rain and other crazy elements throughout. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Ancient Bristlecone Forest, California

“In order to get the narrative puzzle pieces we needed, we really had to criss-cross the continent with a ton of transportation. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Arizona

“Sleep deprivation became a real factor, as we were often up all night at each location, continuously adjusting and re-adjusting our cameras to try and make the best of each stop.” (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Acadia National Park, Maine

The pair started the series three years ago before a successful Kickstarter campaign a year later allowed them to put more resources into the project. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Arizona Sky Village, Arizona

Recently completed, their collection of Skyglow images were turned into a book, which was released last month. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Gavin and Harun, 34, hope this collection will be like a time machine for their subject matter, helping people explore human beings and their deteriorating relationship with the night sky throughout the ages. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Ancient Bristlecone Forest, California

Going forward, the pair plan to release various time-lapse videos from the project over the next year, helping to continue raising awareness for the International Dark Sky Association. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Acadia National Park, Maine

Gavin said: “The response has been amazing so far, with lots of people sharing their excitement with us.” (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Natural Bridges National Monument

“We’ve been particularly pleased to see how many people are sharing the book with children.” (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)

Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Wyoming

“A big hope for fighting light pollution is to get the next generation engaged and inspired and we’re hopeful our project can play a small part in that. (SKYGLOW/CATERS NEWS)