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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, 2007, and 2008
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Douglas Cooper,
Looking north from David Stirling memorial statue near Stirling, Scotland
Jul. 12, 2009
#1, #2, #3

NLC display from Central Scotland on 12th July 2009, including reflection in a puddle. Best display for a long time. ISS also made an appearance. Nikon 28mm manual lens on Canon 400D camera.

Piotr Majewski,
Torun, Poland
Jul. 13, 2009

This was unusual meeting of gothic miracle (Torun, the City of Copernicus) with the heavenly miracle of NLC. I have NEVER seen such bright, large and detailed NLC's! They could be spotted right after sunset, believe it or not, and reached over 40 degrees over horizon, what is unexpected on Poland's latitude. Photo details: Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 lens, 8s exposure @ ISO 200.

Koen van Gorp,
Sombeke, Belgium
Jul. 13, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

A very bright display was visible during the dusk and dawn. I found the morning display especially striking with NLCs visible until 30 minutes before sunrise. Photo details: Canon Eos 40D with various lenses and exposures. A movie can be found on my webpage.

Geoff Arnold,
Malden Rushett, Surrey, UK
Jul. 12, 2009

Despite having to shoot between the bright orange streetlighting I finally captured my first NLCs! Some detail of the waves from what was a very fine display indeed. Canon 350D ISO:800 1/5sec Lens:100mm f/2 (22:45 GMT+1)

Dan Earl,
Grass Valley, Oregon
Jul. 13, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4

I Took these pictures Monday July 13 from Grass Valley Oregon. Pretty good display. I have been looking for NLCs off and on from this location for a couple of years. Tonight, I had no doubt what I was looking at! Photographed with a Canon 40d piggybacked on my Nexstar 11GPS. (I was setting up for an evening of observing when I noticed the very bright NLCs.)

Magnus Olsson,
Close to Helsingborg, Sweden.
Jul. 13, 2009

I was driving home from a show and it was cloudy (normal clouds), then it went clear really fast and these noctilucent clouds appeared on the sky 20-30 minutes later in a north direction. There where loads of them but not really that bright. They all disappeared really fast again but I managed to get 6-7 photos before they went away. Canon EOS40D, Canon 24-70 2.8 USM, ISO 100, 6.0s at 2/8.

Michał Nyklewicz,
Poland at 51.6° latitude.
Jul. 13, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4

Best NLC show I've seen, a lot of details and ripples in the clouds, an amazing sight. There was also a volcanic sunset but not so great actually. Panasonic DMC-FZ8

more images: from Milada Moudra of Prague, Czech Republic; from Jamie Cooper of Northamptonshire, UK; from Kristina Południewska of Wielkie Buki, Pomorze Zachodnie, Poland; from Pavol Rapavy of Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia; from Ágnes Őri of Jobbágyi, Hungary; from Tomáš Maruška of Bratislava, Slovakia; from Tamas Ladanyi of Bakonybel, Hungary; from Pavel Klimes of Hostivice, Czech Republic; from Pavel Gabzdyl of Brno, Czech Republic; from Robert B Slobins of Prague, Czech Republic; from Tomasz Adam of Miedzianka, Poland; from Peter McCabe of Dublin Airport Ireland


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.