3D Movies of Northern Lights

This web page (under construction) gives some information about a project which main goal is to achieve real time filming of three-dimensional (3D) images of the Northern Lights (or Aurorae Borealis) taken with two or four fish-eye Sony videos cameras. With the four cameras configuration of this project, we obtain full-sky, real time stereo video images, 4000 x 4000 pixels each, suitable for planetarium shows.

Left and right full sky images of an Aurora Borealis, in “Fulldome” mode

Left and right images of an Aurora Borealis, cropped to a 4:3 aspect ratio


The current design of the project,
showing one of the two pairs of cameras,
that is necessary to get a full sky image


We give thanks to Loca-images and Sony Pro for generously supporting this project.

April 2017

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris - 98 bis boulevard Arago - 75014 Paris