Summer Aurora

August 04, 2003




Provided by: Philippe Moussette
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Philippe Moussette

This beautiful photo showing the glimmering curtains of an auroral display was taken on June 17, 2003 from the Mont Cosmos Observatory, St-Elzéar, Québec, Canada. It was captured with a Nikon FE camera, using a 16 mm Fisheye Zenitar lens (exposed 20 seconds). Around the time of the summer solstice, twilight lasts throughout the night at latitudes greater than 55 degrees. Thus, it's easier to discern the northern lights at a latitude of 45 degrees than at a latitude of 60 degrees from about mid-May through early August.

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