NLC Photo gallery: Summer 2008
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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 arctic latitudes, 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, 2006 and 2007.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Morten Ross,
Sandbukta south of Oslo, Norway
Jul. 17, 2008
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NLC Galore!! What a bright and long lasting show! Even neighbours totally oblivious to the phenomenon (Noctilucent-what?) were looking in amazement of how bright the clouds made the night.

Photo details: Nikon D70, ISO 200, 3s at around 02:15 local time.

Håkon Dahle,
Lørenskog, near Oslo, Norway
Jul. 17, 2008
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Last nights' display of noctilucent clouds ranks among the very best I have ever witnessed! The photos show the clouds reflected in the small lake Langevannet, close to my home, just east of Oslo. I managed to take a self-portrait silhouetted against the bright clouds reflected in the lake. The big bonus came as I was about to pack my equipment and head home: A beaver was silently swimming across the lake, and I managed to capture the V-shape of its wake in my final photo.

Photo details: Nikon D70 at 200 ISO. Various lenses and exposure times were used. The panoramic image is a stitch of several photos.


Pete Lawrence,
Selsey Bill, Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Jul. 15, 2008
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A bright NLC display was seen on the edge of the north-west twilight arc this evening (July 15th). Lots of intricate structure and vivid electric blue colours. Stunning!

Pål Brekke,
The islands Lyngør of he coast of south Norway
Jul. 17, 2008

Great Noctilucent Clouds over south Norway. Panasonic DMC-FS5 digital cam, 1/8s exposure, ISO 800. Taken at 00.30 GMT 17 july 2008.

Andrzej Szuksztul,
Gdansk, Poland
Jul. 17, 2008
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Nice NLC showed around 2300 LT, direction NW, so bright and pronounced that neither city lights nor rising full moon could spoil the show. Plus, some nice little bonus was hanging in the air that night :-)

more images (July 18): from John Grzinich of Mooste, Estonia

more images (July 17): from Glenn Thomas Hvidsten of Kongsberg, Norway; from Panu Lahtinen of Espoo, Finland; from Michal Laszczynski of Gdynia, Poland; from Rune Groven of Hellviktangen, Nesodden, Norway

more images (July 13): from Alexander Mednick of Ukraine, Dniepropetrovsk; from Paul Reed of Brough, East Yorkshire, UK


Northern Lights Photo Gallery: A solar wind stream hit Earth on May 20th causing a mild geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. The auroras of May 21st were so bright, they were visible in the twilight blue sky above Nunavik, Quebec.

"The sky is blue at 1 o'clock in the morning when I took these pictures," says photographer Sylvain Serre. "At our latitude at this time of year, it is blue all night long--and it's never a dark blue. So, at 1 o'clock in the morning, the sky is bright and I can see only a few stars."

In spite of this extra glare, Serre was able to see the auroras. "I saw them with my unaided eyes. The clouds made it difficult, but the clouds were moving slowly while the northern lights were moving faster." This, plus the green color of the auroras, made it possible to sort things out.