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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
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Lars Zielke,
Nightsky Observatory, Tvis, Denmark
Jun. 9, 2009
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Just after midnight on June 9 there was some beautiful NLC to the north, seen from my location in Denmark. I took some wide field and close up photos of the NLC's from 00:30 to 01:00 local time. I've have made some small movies that shows how the clouds are changing: more.

Paul Evans,
Larne, Northern Ireland
Jun. 11, 2009
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This display started to become apparent at midnight and lasted almost three hours until the oncoming dawn drowned it out. Display was interspersed with lower clouds and in terms of NLC forms was not very structured though various patterns could clearly be seen. Pictures taken with Minolta Dimage A2 camera with intervalometer function, Aperture priority auto, f3.5, ISO200

John C McConnell,
Maghaberry Northern Ireland.
Jun. 11, 2009
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Hi Tony,after a drought of a few nights the NLC's returned last night June 10/11.Included were again some forms I have never seen before.Below Capella was a row of 'holes' and to the east thereof some circular patches of 'ripples'. You can certainly see where the term "electric blue" came from.These images are all untouched except for resizing and are in the order of 8-10 seconds on ISO800.

Photo details: Canon 400D 18-55mm lens.

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Jun. 11, 2009
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After a long break with no further NLC displays, the Mesosphere finally produced another after midnight last night. This one was 80 degrees long with the classic, but always welcomed, electric blue colours which then turned silvery-white later in the night. The highlight of the display was the large cluster of herringbone structure which really did look like 'sand ripples on a beach at low tide' before dawn below the flickering beacon of Capella. Nice display.

Photo details: Fujifilm S6500fd 6.3MP various settings


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.