Exceptional display of noctilucent clouds   31693
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1 Entrance 6.5 km long Westerschelde tunnel, 7 km
2 lighthouse Schouwen-Duiveland 42 km
3 Communication tower Goes Walcheren 17.2 km
4 river dike at 5 km
5 Capella
6 river dike at 17 km
7 Pleiades cluster
8 Venus


Location: Terneuzen (70 m)      by: Mentor Depret
Area: Netherlands      Date: 2017 07 03
In the night of 2-3 July 2017, there was a fantastic display of noctilucent clouds here in Terneuzen. They were visibel the whole night and reached a maximum around half past 3. I took the pano at 3u34-3u35 when it normally should be almost dark. So this light show with the stars felt very strange, almost unreal. Noctilucent clouds or NLC's occur from time to time, in the mesosphere at a height of 70 to 90 km - same zone as polar light - and that is why they reflect sunlight at night at our latitude, mainly in the months of June and July. We look to the North. River Scheldt is in front. The lights across the river are from Walcheren peninsula. The reddisch and greenish lights on the water are buoys. Planet Venus and the Pleiades just rose above the horizon at right. My bigger version has a lot more stars higher in the sky which give an additional dimension to the pano, but here I had to crop a lot, unfortunately. Farthest terrestrial point is the lighthouse (light beam) in Schouwen-Duiveland about 42 km away.

bigger version with more stars: http://asterisk.apod.com/download/file.php?id=30602&mode=view

Canon G1Xmark2, 2 pics,12.5 mm (23.75KB) but this pano is a large crop, iso 500, f5, 10s, stitched with Hugin


Impressive documentation, very good technical quality.
2017/07/17 03:56 , Friedemann Dittrich
Great stuff
2017/07/20 21:03 , Martin Kraus
Very nice and interesting.
2017/07/20 23:43 , Giuseppe Marzulli

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