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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 high latitudes such as Scandinavia and Canada, 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 and 2006.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jonathan Berry,
looking west over the southern point of Lake Washington (from Renton, WA)
Jun. 19, 2007
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Photo details: Canon 20D, 8 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100, 24mm focal length

Kellen Harrel,
Portland, Oregon from balcony of house.
Jun. 19, 2007

Photo taken at 10:30 PM, the sky almost completely dark, and clouds were glowing very brightly. This is the first time we have seen these clouds in this area in 25 years.

Photo details: Nikon D200 on tripod, 12 second exposure.

Wade B Clark Jr,
Lyman, Washington, USA
Jun. 19, 2007

Photo details: Canon 30D, 18-55mm lens,ISO setting 400, and autoexposure mode.

Bud Haake,
Tacoma, Washington
Jun. 19, 2007

Hand-held digital camera, 2 second time exposure

Steven J. Denfeld,
Bend, Oregon, USA
Jun. 19, 2007
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Came out of Barnes & Noble to see this brilliant display on the horizon. This is the first noctilucent display I've seen this year. It's also, by far, the brightest. By 10:30 local time, nearby Venus was still being outdone.

Liem Bahneman,
Bothell, Washington, USA
Jun. 19, 2007
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First time I've ever seen noctilucent clouds from Seattle, and that's not from a lack of trying. The Moon, Saturn, Venus and Mercury make for a wonderful backdrop. Had they lasted another 15 minutes, the ISS and shuttle would have made their tandem passes.

Lonnie Jackson,
Enumclaw, Washington, USA
Jun. 19, 2007

Taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. The bright spot to the left is Venus.

Robin and Kurt Schnuit,
Seabeck, Washington
Jun. 19, 2007

Quite a view. The Moon, the planets, and this bright, spectral cloud that materialized over Mt. Jupiter, to the West. Breathtaking!

Linda Neilsen,
Looking west toward Olympic Mountains from Des Moines, WA area.
Jun. 19, 2007

Photo taken at 10:18 pm PDT, June 19, 2007.I call the photos I have of this 'Night Lights' with moon and Venus in it. Missed seeing the ISS go overhead but this may have been my first time to see such a noctilucent cloud.Wonderful.

Photo details: Fuji FinePix F470

Bridget E. Smith,
Portland, Oregon.
Jun. 19, 2007

We were outside waiting for STS 117 and the ISS to fly over Portland, Oregon. We noticed these beautiful Noctilucent Clouds.

Photo details: Handheld Olympus D-435, 5.1 megapixels

Steve R.,
Seattle, Washington, USA
Jun. 19, 2007

Photo taken at 2213 hrs, view west towards downtown Seattle.

Brad Hill,
Warrenton, Oregon, USA
Jun. 19, 2007
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I was so amazed to see my first Noctilucent Clouds, just as they were starting to 'turn on', that it took me over 20 minutes to think to go and get my camera. Stunning!

Jenaya Swenson,
Svensen, Oregon, USA
Jun. 20, 2007
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Though faint, these clouds stood out against the predawn sky, and my camera captured what my eyes couldn't see.

Photo details: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4, 8s exposure.

more images (June 19): from Miroslaw Fröhlich of Turek, Poland;