Bright NLC Display Over Greenland From Commercial Airline
Taken by Adrien Mauduit on July 4, 2018 @ Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles south of Greenland
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  Camera Used: SONY ILCE-7RM2
Exposure Time: 1/10
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 2500
Date Taken: 2018:07:04 21:12:38
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Always get the window seat! Thats a philosophy anyone ought to adopt! Last night as I was flying over the Atlantic on my way back to Europe after a very successful Noctilucent cloud remote sensing PoSSUM mission, NLCs showed up in a very nice fashion. I knew I would at least get a little something so I had booked window seat and my gear was ready to shoot. Because of the delayed flight, they didnt turn off the cabin lights until 1:30 local time so I couldnt really catch the beginning. Im so glad to have seen these nice structures though. As we are quantifying the effect of plexiglass on our photos (diffraction), you can clearly see that going up 40000 feet enhances largely the signal to noise and gives you a way better twilight gradient, almost pure!
The display started off quietly on the horizon over Goose Bay and as we advanced on our path and into the nautical twilight (300 miles south of Greenland), they were at their brightest. We are really starting to notice an increase in brightness in the displays, probably because of a thickening in the ice layer due to more ingredients and even colder temperatures.
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