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Summer 2007
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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

Brian Whittaker,
Birmingham, UK
Jun. 27, 2007
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Another exciting display of Noctilucent Clouds after a week of heavy rain and cloud (with flooding) that prevented viewing. I also finally proved to myself that NLC were visible all night long from 52'North around the summer solstice.

Photo details: Canon XTi Tamron 18-200 DiIIzoom

Tony Cook,
Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Jun. 27, 2007
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This NLC display is the best so far for the UK this season. The skies were bright and clear after a period of intense rain and flooding, June being the wettest month on record in Yorkshire.

Photo details: Canon 10D, ISO 100, 10s exposure, panorama created with Autopano

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co.Derry, N.Ireland
Jun. 27, 2007
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NLC Pillars: What a stunning NLC display which appeared here before dawn. Once the normal cloud broke I was blessed with the most strangest of sights. Shooting up over my neighours rooftop were multiple thick intense white pillars of NLCs with vertical dark shadow shafts - I have never seen structure like this before! Scanning the type 4 white coloured display with binoculars revealed incredible snake like structure, ripples and net structure. It was hard to take in. It reached 30 degrees in height and would have been seen by even the most casual of observers. Amazing!

Photo details: Fuji S5600 5.1MP at ISO100.

Martin Hall,
Whittlesey, Peterborough, UK
Jun. 28, 2007

This was the first time i have observed NLC's and what a display it was!

Photo details: Panasonic Lumix FZ7, 200 ASA, 1 sec exposure

Alex Lloyd-Ribeiro,
Durham, UK.
Jun. 27, 2007
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This was the brightest and longest NLC display of the season so far - they were visible for over 3 hours and were extremely bright!

Photo Details: Canon 350D, 30 second exposures, ISO 100.

Helmut Groell,
Moers, Germany
Jun. 27, 2007
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NLC with a part of Perseus. Camera: Canon 20D

Alan C Tough,
Elgin, Moray, Scotland
Jun. 27, 2007

Most of the sky was covered with low tropospheric clouds, but I was still able to see my first NLC display of 2007 through some large gaps.

Photo details: Canon EOS 300D, 24-60 mm Sigma EX lens, 1 sec @ f/3.5, ISO-400.

Lance Taylor,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Jun. 27, 2007
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I caught this bright display this morning at 12:23 AM MST until about 12:52 AM when it started to dissipate. There was still some NLC activity in the sky though at 2:52 AM while I was still working these images (took 153 shots in all). It was quite wide as you can see from the panoramic shot

Photo details: Canon 20D, F/8, ISO-200, 50mm lens, 4 second exposures

Christian Schmidt,
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Jun. 27, 2007
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I have already slept and then a friend have called me and told me about the NLCs. They were bright enough to see over the "light polluted" city of Leipzig.

Photo details: Nikon Coolpix 4500 on a little tripod, 100 ASA, 20-40s exposure and f-stop at f-4.2 .

Lukas Gornisiewicz,
Dunmore, Alberta, Canada
Jun. 27, 2007

I was heading outside to my car to get my car keys, and I took the backdoor to the backyard, and I instantly saw Noctilucent Clouds! I haven't seen them in 3 years since the summer of 2004.

Photo details: Canon Powershot S50.

more images (June 28): from Dan Young of Cellardyke, Fife, Scotland; from Agnes Kiricsi of Vecses, Hungary; from Alexandra Farkas of Mogyoród, Hungary; from Ian Brantingham near Banff, Scotland; from Kain Prestwood of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England;

more images (June 27): from Simon Grogan of Solihull, West Midlands, England

more images (June 26): from Michal Laszczynski of Gdynia, Poland; from Marco M of Zwijndrecht, zuid holland, The Netherlands; from Michel Vandeputte of Ronse, Belgium.