Terneuzen midsummer night with exceptional noctilucent clouds   71759
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1 Jupiter
2 Antares
3 Scorpio constellation
4 Waterfront building, 3 km
5 Terneuzen center, 3.2 km
6 Dow Benelux, 6-7 km
7 Breskens, 22.1 km
8 Mouth of the river Scheldt, 25 km
9 Vlissingen city, 23.7 km
10 Borssele nuclear power plant, 14.8 km
11 Telecom tower Goes, 18.4 km
12 Hansweert, 14.4km
13 Griete, 0.7 km
14 Doel nuclear power plant, 26.9 km


Location: Terneuzen on the dike near Griete (12 m)      by: Mentor Depret
Area: Netherlands      Date: 2019 06 21 11:56 PMst
This was one of the best noctilucent clouds (NLC's) shows ever seen in NL and BE. I shot a 312° 22 mm pano starting with bright Jupiter near Scorpio in the SSE. The lights on the horizon in the SW represent the night sky of the city of Terneuzen. The tallest building is of course Waterfront. Next is the Dow Benelux factory, extremely well lit, as always. The mouth of the river Scheldt is at 25 km, in the direction 290°, with Breskens and Vlissingen at left and at right of the river. Vlissingen Harbor is situated behind the well know smokestack adjacent to the Borssele nuclear power plant. The striking white tower, straight in the north, is the Goes telecom tower at 18.4 km. The lights on the horizon at right are from Hansweert and Kruiningen. The pano ends in the direction of nearby Griete. The red lights just above the horizon against the right side of the pano are on top of the twin cooling towers of the Doel nuclear powerplant at 26.9 km.
But the brilliant electric blue-white, finely structured, NLC's and the nice reflection on the river made this an unforgettable midsummer night experience. NLC's can sometimes be seen in our region a few weeks before and after the longest day of the year. They occur in the mesosphere at an altitude of about 80 km.

Canon Eos M6 with EF-M 11-22 mm, 14 p RAW, 22mm (35.2 mm KB), iso 400, f 7.1, 3.2 s, 5400°K, 31253x3605 453.3 MB TIFF downsized >1600>1000>500TIFF> sharpening>4335x500 1.0 MB JPEG


Great shot. So let's try again... Cheers, Martin
2019/06/23 20:19 , Martin Kraus
I'm glad you came back.
2019/06/23 20:37 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Schön, dass du wieder da bist.
Bei deinem Bild gefällt mir die Spiegelung der leuchtenden Nachtwolken besonders gut. Die weit fortgeschrittene Dämmerung bringt die Sterne gut zur Geltung.
Etwas störend ist das doch deutliche Farbrauschen in Horizontnähe. Aber das ist Jammern auf hohem Niveau.

Herzliche Grüße,
2019/06/24 08:46 , Dieter Leimkötter
Welcome back, Mentor! 
As for the photo, I think this is one of the most spectacular natural phenonemes, perhaps more than the aurora borealis, if only because (to my knowledge) much less frequent.
Ciao, Alvise
2019/06/24 08:57 , Alvise Bonaldo
Very special. My foto (25733) at the same day, 10 minutes before, was shot from 180 km to the south.
2019/06/25 09:50 , Winfried Borlinghaus
thx gentlemen.
@Alvise, at our latitude NLC's are more frequently seen than aurora. Every year NLC's can be seen in the weeks around the longest day but it is more often much less spectacular than this time. And really it depends form day to day. Although clear sky aswell the next evening 22-23 June, almost no NLC's were seen.
@Winfriend, I made a pano 12 min earlier too with some better photometrics especially to obtain more fine structures ing the NLC's. I will post it shortly and because your time of shooting will be close, maybe the upper part looks similar. But it is amazing how fast they diminish high in the sky.
@Dieter, I know about this color noise but I don't know how to avoid it in the sensitive parts. I didn't increase saturation so this was not the cause. I think it reduces with longer exposures but this was not apporpriate to do given the intense light from the NLC's.
2019/06/25 12:24 , Mentor Depret
Hello Mentor. Since this one is more than an hour later than Dieters #25735, the NLC seemed to drift west compared to his and my position at the time. As can be seen from my testsite https://www.panorama-photo.net/panorama.php?pid=10164 only a small portion could be seen looking north. They were still visible to the west, however. BR Jan.
2019/12/14 21:47 , Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen

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