2004 Noctilucent Cloud Gallery
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Observing tips: Although noctilucent clouds appear most often at high latitudes--e.g. places like Scandinavia and Canada--they have been sighted as far south as Colorado, Utah and Virginia. Look west perhaps 30 minutes to an hour 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.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

André Müller,
Aachen, western Germany (51°N 6°E)
Jul. 07
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Great display of noctilucent clouds! One of the brightest I have ever seen! This panorama was stitched from 3 single shots through my Powershot A60

Dr R. Cockman,
Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland
Jul. 06
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A lovely display over the mudflats of the Firth of Forth...and the display got better as the night wore on! The display was even bright enough to show reflections.

Eric Walker,
Conon Bridge, Highlands, Scotland (57°N)
Jul. 08
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The sight was awesome: the brightest, almost fluorescent, banner of cloud I have seen! I now know I have definitely seen noctilucent cloud (NLC). I took some images using a Nikon Coolpix 5700 and stitched them together (Adobe Photoshop) in a panaroma so you can get a feel for what I actually saw. The picture, to be honest, doesn't do justice to seeing it for real.

Brian Whittaker,
Airborne at 35,000 feet over Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Jul. 04
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This was an incredibly bright display of Noctilucent Clouds, one of the best that I have ever seen. I was truely able to get some exceptional photographs! As dawn progressed, the sky became completely full with NLC. I was even able to get a photograph looking due south showing the clouds above the arctic pack-ice of Hudson Bay. Later, just as the sun rose, I was still able to see some of the very brightest clouds!

Olaf Squarra,
Rostock, Germany 54.1°N / 12.1°E
Jul. 03
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I think this were the brightest NLC I have ever seen! 22:07UTC, lens: 3.5/29mm, t=4', the bright star is Capella.

Alan Pentland,
Stanley, north of Perth, Scotland
Jul. 08
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Photos taken at 01:00 BST with a Nikon Coolpix 4300 using the night/portrait scene mode.

Morten Ross,
Sandbukta, Svartskog, south of Oslo - Norway
Jul. 04
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Compared to the few and bright NLCs from Jun 23, these are mellow and faint, but all over the sky - from east to west to zenith. Nikon D70, 200 ISO, F/4.5 1/1.3 sec @ 23:00-23:30 UT. Note to Web master:

more images: from Philippe Mollet of Meise, near Brussels, Belgium (July 7); from Bruno Nolf of Otegem, Belgium (July 7); from Didier Van Hellemont near Oudenaarde, Belgium (July 7); from Dariusz Dorosz of Zabików Poland (July 4);

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