Monday, May 13, 2024

The Northern Lights at Étretat, France

The Northern Lights at Étretat, France

Astrophotographer Julien Looten: "So here is a panorama composed of 25 images. Stitching the panorama was not an easy task, given the rapid movement of the auroral pillars and the difficulty in finding landmarks between photos. The panorama spans from southwest (left) to northeast, covering 180 degrees, once again demonstrating the magnitude of the aurora at that time. The colors range from pink to purple, through blue, while a greenish band is visible lower towards the horizon. In the upper right corner, you can also see the Milky Way (our galaxy) and the constellation of Cygnus. The greenish glows to the right are due to the light pollution from Étretat. The foreground corresponds to the cliffs of Étretat, one of the natural wonders of the French territory (latitude 49.43). On the left, another photographer is at work."

Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region of Northwestern France. It is located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area. Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a pointed formation called L'Aiguille or the Needle, which rises 70 metres (230 ft) above the sea.

The Colors of the Aurora (U.S. National Park Service)

Technical details: "The panorama consists of 25 images, taken with an exposure of 4 seconds, an aperture of f/2, with a Sigma 28mm lens mounted on a Canon 6D Astrodon. The stitching was done using Autopano/Hugin/Photoshop software."

Image Credit:  Julien Looten

Image Date: May 12, 2024

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