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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

Tom Eklund,
Valkeakoski, Finland
Jul. 27, 2007
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Whole summer i have watched the gallery and hoped skies to get dark enough again. Finally darker nights came and with a wonderful NLC bang!

Photo details: Nikon D200, 100 ASA, 35 and 28mm manual Nikkor lenses.

Mika Yrjölä,
Espoo, Finland
Jul. 27, 2007

The first noctilucent clouds I've seen this year.

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D and 17-40L lens, exposure 10s, f/7.1, ISO 200.

P-M Hedén,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jul. 27, 2007
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A very bright and wonderful display of Noctilucent clouds tonight, it´s really fascinating seeing these "clouds" changing in structure during the night. Photographed with a Canon DSLR on a tripod.

Austin Taylor,
Tingwall and Lerwick, Shetland, UK
Jul. 25, 2007
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I photographed these noctilucent clouds over Tingwall and Lerwick between 0000 and 0100 UT on 25 July 2007. They are rarely seen in Shetland for a number of reasons - e.g. our variable weather and lack of complete darkness in mid-summer this far north. However, to witness these clouds with such brilliance is a first for me and was a wonderful sight.

Photo details: Nikon D200, ISO 400, 2-3 seconds, last image ISO 100 30 seconds.

Denton Prior,
Eabost West, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
Jul. 21, 2007
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I noticed the bright NLCs while driving home at 2:00am. The display was diminishing but I managed to get home and take these images. It was very peculiar to see these bright luminous clouds and stars at the same time. This is my first experience of NLC’s but I recognised them thanks to

Photo details: (#1) NLC with sun set glow, Nikon D200, 100 ISO, 15s exposure (#2) Close up of NLCs , Nikon D200, 100 ISO, 5s exposure. (#3) NLC and Ursa Major, Nikon D200, 100 ISO, 15s exposure


Koen Miskotte,
Ermelo, the Netherlands
Jul. 19, 2007
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After a two hour session of observing meteors I noticed at 10 degrees above the northern horizon NLC's. No so high, but very bright!

Photo details: Canon EOS 10D and a Canon 2.8/15 mm fish eye and a Canon EF 2.0/100 mm telelens.

more images (July 27): from Marko Myllyniemi of Ilmajoki, Finland

more images (July 21): from Andras Uhrin of Stavanger, Norway

more images (July 19): from Nicolai Wiegand of Schöningen, Germany; from Jaanika of Estonia

more images (July 14): from Peter van Leuteren of Borne, the Netherlands; from Erno Berko of Szecseny (48,1N; 19,5E), Hungary;

more images (July 13): from Wojciech Grochowski of Krasnopol, Poland