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

Marek Nikodem,
Szubin, near Bydgoszcz, Poland
Jun. 26, 2008
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A very bright and wonderful display of Noctilucent clouds tonight. So very beautiful and it is fascinating to see the movement of the "clouds", different structures and shapes. 26 June,22.50-23.50 local time

Photo details: Nikon D50 camera, ISO 200-400, exp 3-15 sec,

Vladimir Ladinsky,
Voskresensk, SE of Moscow, Russia
Jun. 26, 2008
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It was first appearance of NLC in the Moscow sky of 2008 season. Very bright and very low at my sight. It expanded from North to East during 2 hours and disappeared on the bright early morning sky.

Photo details: Canon 310D 18/4,5 15'' at ISO200

Oleg Pomogaev,
Moscow, Russia
Jun. 25, 2008
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Very bright NLCs in the Moscow sky.

Photo details: Canon A710 IS digital camera on the tripod. IS0 200, exposition from 2 to 8 seconds.

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Jun. 27, 2008
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I heard there were NLCs tonight, however, at first the unsettled N.Ireland weather provided me with nothing more than an overcast sky. I got rewarded after midnight when the sky suddenly cleared and revealed an eye catching type 5 NLC display. This was a definite shadow caster which showed off intense silver, white and blue colours. The most complex region was the intricate bands in the NW section which cast shadows onto the background veil creating an amazing 3-d effect!. I was very lucky to catch this one.

Photo details: Fujifilm S6500fd 6.3MP at ISO100 2.5-5 sec exp.

Alexander Mednick,
Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
Jun. 26, 2008

Photo details: Olympus C760UZ, 200 , ASA, 6s exposure.

Vilnius, Lithuania.
Jun. 25, 2008
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Bright NLC clouds in Vilnius. It is the first time I've seen them this year.

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK (Latitude 51N)
Jun. 26, 2008

After reading the SpaceWeather alert on the evening of the 25th June, I was a little more vigilant than usual about watching out for NLCs. Of course nothing appeared during my watch period and then, as I was packing up ready for bed, there they were, delicately held above the north-eastern horizon. Lots of structure visible including some odd 'holes' punched in the clouds themselves. Lots of photos taken but I'm going to bed before I look at any more of them!

more images (June 26): from Roman White of Poltava, Ukraine (49.6N); from Oleg Pomogaev of Moscow, Russia;


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.