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 possibly 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

Tomasz Adam,
Staszów, Poland.
Jul. 22, 2009
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While India and China were enjoying the total solar eclipse I was treated with a sky show of its own kind. These were easily the best NLCs I've ever seen, bright and very detailed. The show started at about 00:30 UT and lasted until sunrise.

Photo details: Canon EOS400D and Sigma lens, 1s exposure at f/4.2, ISO200.

Magnus Olsson,
Helsingborg, Sweden.
Jul. 22, 2009
#1, more

The whole sky was full of wave shaped clouds, very bright and very beautiful. Seem to be a summer for noctilucent clouds. Canon EOS40D, Canon 24-70 2.8 USM L, ISO800 (hand held).

Vincent Phillips,
Hale village,near Liverpool UK
Jul. 21, 2009
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A few more pictures from tonights fantastic Noctilucent cloud display here in Northwest England (Looking north from Liverpool),I have never seen so many fine displays of these clouds from here in the uk.

Brian Whittaker,
south of Coventry, West Midlands, UK
Jul. 21, 2009
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A great evening of bright Noctilucent Clouds over the ruins of Kenilworth Castle in central England. After days of rain, what a wonderful surprise! More

Grzegorz Willim,
Zabrze, Poland
Jul. 21, 2009
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NLC are still there. After one day without NLC's over Poland, today i saw quite good display. NLC's were not so bright like these from last week so i have to use longer times of exposures: 15-50s (on 13th July it was only 8-15s).

Grahame Robertson,
These where shot from Broxburn West Lothian Scotland.
Jul. 21, 2009

After a nasty thunder storm cleared these Noctilucent Clouds developed into a highly structure and large expanse of bright NC's.

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D mark 2 at ISO 800 f5.6.

more images: from John McMenemy of Aberdeen, Scotland; from Simon Eskil de Lusua of Östra Näset/Vebomark, Sweden; from Alexandra Farkas of Mogyoród, Hungary; from Adrian Maricic of Fife Scotland; from Alexandra Farkas of Mogyoród, Hungary; from Jon and Rachael of Hardendale, Cumbria, UK; from Gill Rogers of Guiseley Leeds UK; from Mike Hobden of Fife Scotland; from Monika Landy-Gyebnar of Veszprem, Hungary; from Zoltan Goda of Baja, Hungary; from Ágnes Őri of Jobbágyi, Hungary; from Rosenberg Róbert of Adony, Hungary


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.