What the Aurora Really Looks Like: Inspired by Harald Moltke - Painter of the Aurora
There are two key messages about what you see in this video:
1) All of the digital imagery is animated and displayed in real-time
2) Colours have been de-saturated to match the visual appearance
After my Aurora Adventures in Canada's Yukon Territory in 2012, I was fortunate to see paintings of the aurora made by Danish painter Harald Moltke in Copenhagen, Denmark. Between 1899-1901 Moltke was part of three science expeditions to Finland and Iceland to study the aurora. Moltke was hired by the Danish Meteorological Institute (BMI) to reproduce and convey the colours and forms of the aurora through his paintings. They have since become the most valuable and enduring result of those early science expeditions.
Unbiased by colour photographs, the first of which only appeared fifty years later, Moltke's paintings faithfully record the colours of the aurora as seen by the human eye. Inspired by these paintings, and the biography of Harald Moltke by former DMI researcher Peter Stauning, I have reprocessed my timelapse footage of the aurora I captured in the Yukon Territory in an attempt, admittedly impossible, to show the aurora as it appears to the eye.
Read more about this video at http://philhart.com/what-the-aurora-really-looks-like