17/05/2012 07:37 BST | Updated 17/07/2012 06:12 BST

Night Sky Timelapse: Milky Way Rising Over Lake Tekapo (VIDEO)

Time-lapse videos of the Earth, space, the universe and all the night sky's infinite glory are, well, becoming quite common online.

As a result despite the exotic subject matter it takes quite a bit for one to stand out.

Like, for instance, the entire Milky Way soaring above Lake Tekapo in New Zealand? Yeah, okay, that's pretty special.

The footage in question was captured over an entire evening by Fraser Gunn, an astrophotographer at Canterbury University, NZ and the Mt John Observatory.

Amazingly this is something of a side-project for Gunn, whose day job is looking for Earth-sized planets near alpha Centauri, as you do.

Take a look below for some of our other favourite time-lapse videos of the night sky.