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 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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Jan Koeman,
Kloetinge, The Netherlands
Jul. 12, 2009
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Very bright Noctilucent Cloud display around midnight. One of the best this summer! A beautiful blue ripple-structure like the skin of a Great Blue Whale! Pictures with Nikon D300 and wide angle / telephoto lenses. I used a 200 mm lens to catch the structures in detail.


Jamie Cooper,
Northamptonshire, UK
Dec. 7, 2009
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We had a fantastic NLC diplay over the UK on the 12th July. Almost a third of the sky was filled with amazing swirls, ripples and bands of blue and gold.

Maurice Gavin,
Worcester Park SW London
Jul. 12, 2009
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After a gap of 3 weeks a brilliant display of noctilucent cloud seen at dusk tonight from my backyard.

Vincent Phillips,
Hale village,near Liverpool uk
Jul. 12, 2009
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Some more pictures from just after sunset tonight here in Liverpool,The sun was just about to set (the sun had not set at this time) when the first white ripples started to show in the western sky.

Radek Karwacki,
Ostrzeszów, Poland
Jul. 12, 2009

That was just an amazing show! That is a panorama from 5 shots (canon 20d, 50mm)

Barbara Grudzinska,
Warsaw, Poland
Jul. 12, 2009

It is the best of the seasons NLCs.Today was a great show of noctilucent clouds over Warsaw, Poland. At least I manage to catch them.It was wonderful and fantastic ! Photo details: Digital Camera Sony DSC-HX1,ISO200,13s exposure

Adrian Maricic,
Fife in Scotland
Jul. 13, 2009
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I happened to look out about 3 hours after sunset and was greeted by a magnificent display of NLCs. The colours were a vivid electric blue - shimmering over the horizon. this is probably the first time I've seen NLC's and were very impressive!

more images: from Philippe Mollet of the MIRA Public Observatory in Meise, near Brussels, Belgium; from Antonio Nouwen of Helmond, The Netherlands; from Mike Hobden of Fife, Scotland; from Peter McCabe of Dundalk, Co.Louth, Ireland; from Neville Fox of Warwickshire, UK; from Phillip Titterington of Accrington, Lancashire, England; from Keith Robinson of Pattingham South Staffordshire England; from Marek Nikodem of Szubin, Poland; from Rijk-Jan Koppejan of Veere, The Netherlands; from Alexandre D. of Billy Montigny , Pas-De-Calais, France; from Didier Van Hellemont of Horebeke, Belgium; from Monika Landy-Gyebnar of Veszprem, Hungary; from Bruno Nolf of Otegem, Belgium, Europe; from Rene van den Berg of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; from Alexandra Farkas of Mogyoród, Hungary; from Alexey Kulachatov of Moscow Region, Russia; from Viktor Veres of Budapest,Hungary; from Matej Grék of Ostrava, Czech Republic


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.