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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
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Dave Lillis,
Limerick city, Ireland
Jun. 16, 2009
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While driving home last night from a friends house, I glanced at the northern horizon only to see a nice noctilucent cloud display, I had a Canon 300D with me so I took a few pics (time 00.22-00.27 in the morning), this is the best I've seen so far this year, fairly bright and active, hopefully we'll get more like it.

Dave Gradwell,
Birr, Ireland
Jun. 16, 2009
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There was a nice display of NLCs near Birr Ireland on the morning of June 16th.

Photo details: Canon 350D 30 sec exposure

Paul Evans,
Larne, Northern Ireland
Jun. 16, 2009
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This display started high and wide as the sunset became twilight - initially 30deg high and 60deg wide - some other much lower cloud around so difficult to gauge the full extent of the display but it was a big one!

Photo details: Sony A100 DSLR, 50mm f1.7 lens @ f4 4-8 secs exposure ISO 400

André Müller,
Bath, UK
Jun. 15, 2009
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First NLCs display this year from Bath! Images taken with a Nikon D90 and 15s@5.6 with different focal length.

Aurimas Dirse,
Vilnius, Lithuania
Jun. 14, 2009
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Photo details: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 15s exposure, f2.7, ISO 100

Grant Privett,
Fovant, Wiltshire.
Jun. 15, 2009

Quite a bright and extensive display. The bright star seen is Capella. The exposure was 60s with a tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 - not a DSLR. Some filamentary detail which brightened while I watched. Image taken 11:20pm BST. A nice end to the day after an evening at the cinema. The view point is looking north from Fovant over the edge of Salisbury Plain.

Ted Karlsson,
Malmö, Skåne, Sweden.
Jun. 15, 2009

I was about to go to bed just before 01:00 when I saw this cloud in my bedroom window. I'm not 100% sure if its a noctilucent cloud 'cause I've never seen one live but it was very beautiful and it lingered on for 20 minutes or before it faded away. Used my old Canon 300D with 20s of exposure at 800ISO.

more images: from Steve Wainwright of Swansea South Wales 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.