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.
- An article, that was published in the Journal of SpaceWeather and Space Climate summarizes the steps necessary to create these three-dimensional images.
- Two stereo video sequences (mp4) “Side by side” (approx. one or two minutes), that can be viewed on 3D TVs are downloadable in high definition (216 Mb and 370 Mb):
Note: in these sequences, the images are cropped to a 4:3 aspect ratio and, due to the different cameras' positions in latitude, it was necessary to rotate the two images by some degrees, in order to have a more confortable viewing.
- Software used to produce these movies: http://www2.iap.fr/users/hivon/software/NorthernLights3D/
The current design of the project,
showing one of the two pairs of cameras,
that is necessary to get a full sky image
- Jean Mouette
Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, UPMC
mouette [at] iap [dot] fr
- Éric Hivon
Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, UPMC (Web page)
hivon [at] iap [dot] fr
- Thierry Legault
legault [at] iap [dot] fr
We give thanks to Loca-images and Sony Pro for generously supporting this project.