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  Observing tips: Look west 30 to 60 minutes after sunset when the Sun has dipped 6o to 16o below the horizon. If you see luminous blue-white tendrils spreading across the sky, you've probably spotted a noctilucent cloud. Although noctilucent clouds appear most often at high latitudes such as Scandinavia and Canada, they have been sighted in recent years as far south as Colorado, Utah and Virginia. NLCs are seasonal, appearing most often in late spring and summer. In the northern hemisphere, the best time to look would be between mid-May and the end of August. See also 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Viktor Veres,
Mogyorod (25 km NE of Budapest), Hungary
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4

A very bright NLC behind the dark altostratus clouds. I observated at 22.00. - 22.07. local time (UTC+2h)

Photo details: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N with 28-70 mm lens, ISO 800, 0.4 sec exposure

Patrick Boomer,
South of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada
Jul. 1, 2007

My first noctilucent cloud sighting in southern Alberta! Was just about to head for bed and took one last look to the north for anything that might be there, and there they were! A beautiful clear sky this morning and the summer sun already brightening the northern horizon at 3am made a beautiful sight. Amazing blue streams pouring from west to east.

Photo details: Canon 350D, 50mm, F3.5, 2.5sec, ISO200

John Nieuwenhuizen,
Horsens Denmark
Jul. 1, 2007

A nice display when feeding our newborn daughter Lisa in the middle of the night.

Paulo Casquinha,
Quita do Anjo, Palmela, Portugal
Jun. 30, 2007

I believe this is a noctilucent cloud about 1 hour before sunrise.

Photo details: Canon 350D, 18mm lens, 1.5s exposure, 800 asa.

Erno Berko,
Szecseny (48,1N; 19,5E), HUNGARY.
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2,

Photo details: Canon 300D + 18-55 (at 28mm) lens. ISO 200, 5 and 10 sec.

Monika Gyebnar,
Veszprem, Hungary
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, more

These NLCs were so bright, they even caught the attention of streetwalkers under the city lights! After some evenings with faint NLCs in Hungary this display was a real happiness for the observers!

Photo details: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, ISO 100, 2 sec exp.

Eric Walker,
Conon Bridge, Highlands, Scotland (57°3'50"N 4°25'24"W) in my back garden.
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

at around 2345h UT I watched the Northern sky brighten, like an artist's canvas being prepared, and out of the glow slowly appeared the structures and form of all the NLC types (I,II,III, and IV). They were bright - 4 on the NLC brightness scale. I watched and imaged them over the next 2 hours.

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D.

P-M Hedén,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

The first really great NLC display here in Sweden but it was worth the wait. So very beautiful and it is fascinating to see the movement of the "clouds", different structures and shapes.

Alex Lloyd-Ribeiro,
Durham, UK.
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2, #3

A particular section of this Noctlucent Cloud display stratched down to the horizon just before local midnight, and was noticeably brighter than the rest of the display for about half an hour before disappearing. I think this may be a "noctilucent sun pillar"!

Photo Details: Canon 350D, 30 second exposure, ISO 200.

Agnes Kiricsi,
Vecses, Hungary
Jun. 29, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Well, I'm speechless. This has been the brightest display ever in Hungary. I guess you'll get a lot of photos from my country today. Now I really understand why their name is nocti-LUCENT. They were shining in the sky in their most beautiful neon-blue colour. Yesterday's display was nothing, compared to this.

Photo details: Canon PowerShot A85, ISO100, 10 and 13 sec, F5

more images (June 30): from Alan C Tough of Elgin, Moray, Scotland

more images (June 29): from József Gyürüsi of Budapest, Hungary; from Zoltán Lauer of Budapest, Hungary; from Michael Rubin of Harrow, Middlesex (Northwest London), UK;