A rare glimpse of the Milky Way over the Shenandoah Valley

The light pollution in the area is so intense that the Milky Way is hardly ever visible, but by sheer chance it appeared during the filming of a timelapse video

Filmmaker Harun Mehmedinović shot this timelapse video in Shenandoah National Park, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains running through Virginia, US.

To his astonishment, his camera caught a series of shots of the Milky Way - a thick band of stars that makes up the bulk of the galaxy we live in. It normally cannot be seen in the Shenandoah Valley due to light pollution, but on this one occasion he got lucky.