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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movies: #1, #2
Christoph Rollwagen,
Potsdam-Bornstedt, Germany
Jun. 16, 2009
movies: #1, #2

When I noticed the very strong display of Noctilucnt Clouds last evening, the skies were already quite dark, but the clouds were bright and showed an intense contrast to the deep blue sky. I took my bike and went out to the field to take several images. These are my first images of NLCs for the current year. I hope for more coming up during the next days. Enjoy the movie show! ;)

Peter Paul Hattinga Verschure,
Deventer, the Netherlands
Jun. 16, 2009
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Very bright and wide-spread noctilucent clouds in the evening sky of 16 June. Many forms were present. Photographs were made at 21.12, 21.25, and 21.41 UT, with Nikon D80 with Sigma 10-20mm lens, 400ASA.

Grant Privett,
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK.
Jun. 16, 2009

Taken around 11:20pm BST at the Stonehenge neolithic circle in Wiltshire, UK. What had started out as a nice display had started to decline by this point, but was still quite pretty. Not as bright as the previous night. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 - not a DSLR - using a 60s exposure. Taken from a location 5ft away from the busy A30 trunk road.

Koen van Gorp,
Sombeke, Belgium
Jun. 16, 2009
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The first display of NLC's in Belgium turned out to be a fairly bright one. Details: Panorama of 7 images with Canon 40D and 17-40mm f/4 at 40mm f/5.6, ISO 400 and 4s exposure.

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Jun. 16, 2009
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Wow - a fantastic NLC display visible from southern England this evening. One of these shots shows two planes crossing in front of the distant NLCs. Another shows a normal tropospheric cloud appearing dark in front of the brighter NLCs, while the last picture shows off the beauty of the clouds. Now waiting for the morning show (hopefully!).

Damien Bouic,
Jun. 16, 2009
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Wow! This was the greatest set of NLC I've ever seen from this time. They were so bright that it was possible to see it on the LCD display of my digital camera! I think I will never forget this evenning! Kodak Easyshare ZD710 63 iso, about 8s exposure.

more images: from Glyn Jones of Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, 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.