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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.
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Jacob Kuiper,
Steenwijk, The Netherlands.
Jun. 17, 2008
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Some fine and quite brilliant streaks with Noctilucent Clouds appeared in the northern sky just 2 hours before sunrise. It’s the second night on a row that these clouds were visible over the Netherlands. The atmospheric conditions were excellent, very transparent skies and in the dusk the light of the full moon did not interact anymore (causing sometimes wrong interpretated cirrus clouds for NLC). In this 9-minute animation, the movement of these clouds is visible. First NLC’s were visible just before 0100 UTC, last remnants disappeared in the early morning skies around 0230 UTC. Sunrise in the Netherlands was at 0318 UTC this morning. Since 1984 I am watching NLC’s and each time again they give a wonderful feeling watching their ‘strange’ white-bluish glow. Amidst the sound of the first birds beginning their singing today just around 0150 UTC) it is nature at one of its best sides.

Koen Miskotte,
Ermelo, The Netherlands
Jun. 14, 2008
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NLC's from the Netherlands. No so bright, but beautiful. I made these pictures using my Canon EOS 10D and Canon 40D.

Jan Eric Krikke,
Meppel, The Netherlands
Jun. 15, 2008
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A nice NLC display above De Wieden in the Netherlands in the evening of june 15th. It was very nice to see the noctilucent clouds reflect on the water.

Photo details: Canon 40D with 24-105 f/4 ISO200

Konrad Borkowski,
Isle of Jura, Scotland, UK
Jun. 16, 2006
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I have never seen the moonless night so bright. It looked as if the sun just set an hour earlier although it was 2am at night. Strange and beautiful!

Photo details: Nikon D100 30s, f4, 20mm

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Jun. 16, 2008
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Thank's for the news about NLC becomeing more abundant now. I looked out for them, and one nice patch of clouds was visible low on the NNW horizon. Place: Amsterdam, Time 00.13 16.06.2008 15s shutter time

more images (June 18): from Martin Mc Kenna of Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland

more images (June 17): from Lukas Ronge of Trutnov, Czech Republic; from Raymond Westheim of Oss, The Netherlands; from Michal Laszczynski of Gdynia, Poland; from Edwin van Schijndel of Oss, The Netherlands;

more images (June 16): from Wolfgang Hamburg of Bernitt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany; from Sietse Dijkstra of Almelo, The Netherlands;


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.