View of the Saint-Véran, Paul Felenbok Observatory in the French Alps

March 01, 2024


Photographer: Jeff Graphy  
Summary Author: Jeff Graphy

Approximately 5 miles (8 km) of strenuous hiking, with a vertical climb of nearly 3,280 ft (1,000 m), is required to reach the point offering this incredible view of the Saint-Véran Paul Felenbok Observatory (southern French Alps). At an elevation of 9,612 ft (2,930 m), it's the second highest observatory in Europe.

High clouds above the city of Turin (some 43 miles/70 km to the east) reflect its urban light, responsible for the yellowish coloring in the photo. A faint haze layer above the mountains played an important role in scattering light of the brightest stars visible, hence their enlarged appearance. Additionally, the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps also reflect stray light, further enhancing the majesty of this image, taken on April 27, 2023.

Observatory of Saint-Véran Paul Felenbok, France Coordinates: 44.6969622, 6.906934

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