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Summer 2006
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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 high latitudes such as Scandinavia and Canada, 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 and 2005.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Doug Hill,
Banff, Scotland
Jul. 11

Very bright noctilucent clouds. Looked like full moon behind the clouds. Bright enough for the notoriously poor low light auto focus of my Olympus 8080 to work (it usually can't get a focus lock on a full moon). Looking north.

P-M Heden,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jul. 11
#1, more

A fantastic Noctilucent cloud display, very strong with different shapes and structures. I captured these photos with my Canon DSLR.

Koen van Gorp,
Hove, Belgium
Jul. 14
#1, #2, more

This display of NLC's was the brightest I've seen so far, very nice structures and shades throughout the clouds made it a sight not soon to be forgotten. Single shots and panorama with

Photo details: Canon 20D with 17-40mm and 70-200mm lenses.

Tomasz Adam,
Staszow, Poland.
Jul. 14
#1, #2

I saw these bright clouds while waiting for very bright Iridium flare (about -8 mag). Too bad I couldn't go out to find better place to take photos. The display lasted for only 1 hour.

Photo details: Canon PowerShot A520, ISO 200, 3 to 1s exposure.

Peter I. Papics,
Piszkesteto Observatory, Hungary
Jul. 14

The clouds were bright enough to see them right out from the computer room located below the observatory dome.

Photo details: 30s exposures at ISO 100.

Peter Rosen,
Stockholm, Sweden
Jul. 13

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D, 10-22 zoom at 22mm, 10 secs at f/4.5.

Vancanneyt Sander,
Adegem, Belgium.
Jul. 14
#1, more

Fantastic NLC display, this is the best I've ever seen, just wonderful!

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co.Derry, N.Ireland
Jul. 13

This NLC display was the biggest I have ever seen in my life! They climbed rapidly over head, showing no respect for the zenith until they were 160* high and in the SE near the moon. The 7 sisters were an exqusite sight against a background of undulating NLC blue velvet. At one stage I could see the shape of two silver stallions galloping side by side..unforgettable!

Peter Urwin,
Edinburgh, Scotland
Jul. 13
#1, #2

Another sublime and beautiful display of Noctilucent Clouds is still going on as I type. It's hard to tear myself away, but I've got to get up for work in six hours! This has been the best NLC season I can remember. Looking forward to finding out more about these clouds when AIM goes up...

David Kelly,
Taken from the cockpit of a 747 over northern Europe
Jul. 12

My first real look at noctilucent clouds. Very impressive.

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D with a 50mm f1.2 lens set at f2 iso 200 1/50

Eric Krikke,
De Wieden in The Netherlands
Jul. 15
#1, more

Very bright NLC display in The Netherlands. Panorama was made from 6 photos.

Photo details: 10 sec exposure, f/5.6, 400 ASA.

Grahame Robertson,
Taken in Fife Scotland
Jul. 14

The Noctilunent clouds were moving faster than I have usually seen them and remained visible for a short time after the sun went down. This picture was taken just before Midnight BST.

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D and a 15 30mm lens at ASA 800.

See also our galleries for 2003, 2004 and 2005