Unless you live far away from the bright lights of the city, much of the clear nighttime skies are just relegated to the brightest of stars.
But "out in the boonies", the pitch-black skies are the perfect canvass for some incredible displays of nature and astronomy.
Photographer Brad Goldpaint has been traveling around the United States capturing some of these shows over the past three years, and just now put some of the "best of his best" together in a time lapse video.
He says he discovered his passion for photography while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail about three years ago in the days following his mother's passing.
"This time-lapse video is my visual representation of how the night sky and landscapes co-exist within a world of contradictions," he wrote. " I hope this connection between heaven and earth inspires you to discover and create your own opportunities, to reach your rightful place within two worlds."
(Music composed by Serge Essiambre entitled, 'Believe in Yourself'.)
The locations featured several spots in Oregon, including: Tumalo Falls in Bend, Ore., Three Sisters Wilderness (Oregon), Mount Shasta (California), Big Bend National Park (Texas), Mono Lake (California), Aurora Borealis over Crater Lake National Park, Painted Hills (Oregon), the High Sierra, and the Aurora Borealis over Sparks Lake (Oregon).
You can find out more about the video and photos at GoldPaintPhotography.com