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

Erkki Rauhala,
Finland, Uurainen
Jul. 25, 2008

Photo details: Canon 5D and 17-35 mm/2,8 L. Focal lenght 30 mm. 100 ASA, 2 seconds, F/4.

Kaie Josing,
Tallinn, Estonia
Jul. 25, 2008
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I was on duty in the hospital and walking in the corridor I suddenly saw noctilucent clouds through the corridor window.I`ve followed NLC gallery for some years, so I wanted to see NLC myself.This year it was the second time and the show was wonderful. The church is not like Pisa Tower, I just took pictures through the window:))

Photo details: Nikon D80, Time:01:50-02:40 Exp.time 3-4 sec, F4-5,6, ISO 100

P-M Hedén,
South-Koster Sweden
Jul. 23, 2008
#1, more

In July the NLC displays has been fantastic here in Sweden. Here comes a shot from the beautiful island of South-Koster Sweden. The panorama photo (four photos) is taken at the highest point on the island, a small mountain called Valfjäll. There me and my friend had a great sight of Noctilucent clouds, it was a night to remember. Photo taken with a Canon 450D and a 20mm Sigma.

Marek Nikodem,
Szubin, Poland
Jul. 21, 2008
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Noctilucent clouds show continue ! Last night I observed great complex NLCs. It was first clear sky after two cloudy weeks. I haven't seen NLc so hight yet. The display was over 150 degrees wide, over 100 degrees high. Even surpassing the zenith, which must be quite rare for my latitude (53 N). I was shocked - they very bright and very high in the sky. This NLCs season is very long in Poland. Stunning!

Photo details: Nikon D50, exp.5-8 sec, iso 200-400

Mikhail Yanchenko,
Ekaterinburg, Russia
Jul. 20, 2008

Photo details: Nikon D80, 400 ASA, 3s exposure

Michelle Cosper,
Girdwood, Southcentral Alaska, USA
Jul. 20, 2008
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I have been hoping to see some noctilucent clouds for months, but the weather has been too overcast. When I got up at 2:20 am this morning, I got my first glimpse. There they were at the head of the valley. I opened a window and snapped off a few shots with my Canon Powershot before I went back to bed.

Mika Yrjölä,
Espoo, Finland
Jul. 17, 2008

First set of noctilucent clouds I've seen during this summer already better than any NLC show I saw last year.

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D and a 10-22mm lens, ISO 200, f/7.1, 3s exposure, 19mm focal length.

more images (July 25): from Jukka Hölttä of Orimattila city, Village of heinämaa, Finland; from Aigar Truhin of Sigulda, Latvia; from Kaie Josing of Tallinn, Estonia; from Tom Eklund of Valkeakoski, Finland

more images (July 24): from Markku Nissinen of Kangaslampi, Finland

more images (July 21): from Ing. Peter Biely of Rajecka Lesna, Slovakia, Europe; from Barbara Grudzinska of Warsaw, Poland; from Aleksander Trebacz of Niepolomice, Poland; from Matěj Grék of Ostrava, Czech republic, Europe

more images (July 17): from Mika Yrjölä of Espoo, Finland


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.