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
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Jun. 19, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Tonight was the night when dreams came true for me as an NLC photographer. A major display formed during evening twilight then I was clouded out with showers. Between 01.00 and 02.00 BST the sky cleared again and when I looked to the NW I saw the NLC display of a life time. It looked like the end of the world!. The shadow-casting structures which illuminated the countryside were absolutely incredible. Large loops, whirls and pillars with knots could be seen moving rapidly in real time with the naked eye, these were astounding silver and blue colours mixed with subtle yellow, gold and green colours. It was a sight that left me awestruck. These are 4 images out of the 100 or so I took. Best NLC season I have ever experienced! Fujifilm S6500fd various settings

Rob Powell,
Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Jun. 18, 2009
#1, more

EOS5D Mk2 250ASA 16-35mm@35mm 20s@f13 Lovely display over several hours during the night of 17th/18th June

David Storey,
The Isle of Man. UK
Jun. 18, 2009
#1, #2

A very busy night with NLC's visible all night. Mainly in the north west but some NLC's in the north east by early morning. The intensity of the light from these clouds was very high. Electric blue and yellow clouds seen.

Rob Bullen,
Cinderford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK
Jun. 17, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4

Fantastic display, probably the brightest I have ever seen. Wonderful details seen throughout the display and easy to note changes in both brightness and its structure over a period of a few minutes. Looking forward to further displays this season. Panoramic photo is montage of all three individual images. Photo details - Canon EOS 40D, ISO 200 with a 17-44mm f4 lens set at f5 for 2.5 seconds exposure

Paul Evans,
Larne, Northern Ireland
Jun. 19, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Yet another fabulous display of NLCs just after sunset here in NI. This was almost as bright as last night's display and was even better in carrying more detail in terms of waves and ripples. This season is certainly living up to expectations and proving the link with the solar minimum! Pics taken with Sony DSLR-A100, Vivitar 28-200mm zoom, various manual settings. Paul.

more images: from Tomasz Adam of Staszów, Poland; from John Grzinich of Ahja, Estonia; from Gareth Pinckard on a transatlantic flight near Greenland; from Michał Nyklewicz of Poland; from Rosenberg Robert of Fejér, Hungary; from Monika Landy-Gyebnar of Veszprem, Hungary; from Ákos Ujj of Bátonyterenye, Hungary; from Eugene Eremchenko of Moscow Region, Russia; from Andrew Thompson of Leeds, Yorkshire, England; from Ava Ingren of Borth Village and beach, Wales, UK; from Paul Smith of Haughton, Staffordshire, England; from Dave Perks of Birmingham UK; from Vladimir Knyaz of Moscow, Russia


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.