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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 and 2007.
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Derick Rethans,
Skien, Norway
Jul. 16, 2008
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I was far far away from my camera when I saw the Noctilucent clouds first appearing. When I finally got home 2 hours later they were still as bright, but disappearing. I set my camera to take a picture every 30 seconds and created this movie out of it.

P-M Hedén,
Hedesunda Sweden
Jul. 18, 2008
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I bought myself a little house in the deep forest outside Hedesunda Sweden with some great nature and wildlife. I was wondering if I could see Noctilucent clouds from there and I got the answer the first clear nights. Some fantastic displays of NLC! And in the south a lovely fullmoon with Jupiter beside. Photos taken with a 20mm Sigma and a 450D Canon

Rick Klawitter,
Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington
Jul. 19, 2008

We've seen NLCs on several occasions so far this July with the brightest display on the eighth. This photo was taken last night, July 19th from Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains. They appeared at around 10:15 PDT and first seen 40 degrees up in the north western sky. The clouds were not brightly illuminated.

Photo details: Nikon D300, 102mm, f5.6, 8 second exposure, ISO 400.

Austin Taylor,
Lerwick, Shetland, UK
Jul. 18, 2008
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Sightings of these clouds seem to be best in May and July in Shetland and may be anticipated perhaps 3 or 4 times in an average year here. This is already my 4th sighting this year but sightings as brilliant as these are rare and they were a truly beautiful sight - well worth the fuss they seem to have generated. I thought the ones I saw in July last year were spectacular but these ones put those into the shade being brighter, covering a much more extensive area of sky and having some incredible variety of shapes, lines and wisps. I'm glad I stayed up!

Photo details: Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens


Aigar Truhin,
Sigulda, Latvia
Jul. 17, 2008
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There were brightest clouds in this summer!!! Make pictures with Canon S2 IS, 4 - 6 sek. exposure. Noctilucent clouds coming from north and then moving to the east. And with morning sun disappeared.

more images (July 19): from Denis Fell of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada; from Liem Bahneman of Bothell, Washington

more images (July 15): from Paul Reed of Brough, East Yorkshire, UK


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.