Dubai-based landscape and astrophotographer Siddharth Prem captured this beautiful photograph of the Northern Lights and several others during his travels in Lofoten, Norway—sparking a debate about whether the light streaks near the top center of the image are shooting stars or satellites:
Prem initially labeled the light streaks as “shooting stars,” but several experienced night photographers on Reddit quickly stepped with a clarification: the uniformity of the streaks and their parallel direction in relation to one another indicates that they are satellites. Shooting stars notoriously fade in and out.
Prem captured the 30-second exposure using a Canon 6D and 16-35mm f/4 wide angle lens set at f/4. He edited the image in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.
“I’ve always been fascinated with space and astronomy,” wrote Prem on his website. “The moment I realized I could learn my way around the night sky with a DSLR [and] long exposures, it sparked my interest in photography.”
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