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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 and 2007.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Peter Rosén,
Stockholm - Sweden
Jul. 13, 2008

The Noctilucent Clouds have not been very prominent this year here in Stockholm but they do appear almost every night close to the northern horizon. This is a panorama of 2 pictures taken shortly before midnight and exposed for 13 seconds at f/5.6.

Photo details: Canon Eos 40D and a 70-200/2.8 zoom.

Tunç Tezel,
near Bolu, Turkey
Jul. 13, 2008

This view of NLC can be one of the farthest from pole. I went to mile-high Tasliyayla Plateau, 40 km south of Bolu, Turkey for dark skies. Noctilucent clouds lit up as soon as the morning twilight started. Amazing... For the record, my location was 40d 31' N, 31d 37' E.

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D camera at ISO 50, 35 mm lens at f/4, 20-second exposure.


Jan Lameer,
Schermer Polder, 30 km north of Amsterdam, Netherlands (53N 4E)
Jul. 13, 2008
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The noctilucent clouds were allready visible 80 minutes after sunset, usually we see them only in the latter part of the night. It seemed that there were two "origins" for the cloud waves, roughly ten degrees apart horizontally.

Photo details: Nikon D1H with 24 and 200 mm lenses, exposures of 2 seconds per frame each at 400 ISO setting.

P-M Hedén,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jul. 12, 2008
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At last some stronger Noctilucent Clouds here in Sweden. There has been some very few a weak NLC displays lately and I hope that it will be better days to come.

Photo details: 20mm Sigma, 50mm Canon and a Canon 450D.

Marja Wallin,
Vesijärvi, Lahti, Finland
Jul. 13, 2008
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Heard in the stormchasers irc-channel that noctilucent clouds were appearing in the eastern sky. Quick check from the balcony and I left with a friend to the lake shore to see the northern view. They really were quite bright and beautiful and I got my first noctilucent cloud photos ever.

David Roles,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Jul. 9, 2008
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Noctilucent clouds seem more prevalent in northern Europe than North America this year. Nevertheless, we have had some good sightings in Edmonton, Canada. The first photo was taken in the early morning hours of June 28, the next photo was taken several days later and the last photo was taken about 1:00 am yesterday on the 9th of July.

more images (July 10): from David of Saint Martin du Mont, Bourgogne, France; from Lukas Ronge of Pec pod Snezkou, Czech Republic; from Artur Grodz of Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany; from Alan C Tough on the North Sea (56 deg 40' N, 4 deg 04' E); from Oleg Pomogaev of Moscow, Russia

more images (July 13): from Henrik and Emma Herranen of Tampere, Finland, Europe; from Ed Valenti of Newport Pagnell, UK; from Richard Fleet of Pewsey Vale, Wiltshire, England; from Jan Tromp of Beverwijk, Netherlands; from Philippe Mollet- MIRA Public Observatory of Grimbergen, close to Brussels (Belgium); from Jeff Zambory of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; from Raymond Westheim of Oss, The Netherlands; from Edwin van Schijndel of Oss, The Netherlands

more images (July 14): from Bert Berends of Apeldoorn The Netherlands; from Martijn Harleman of Wilp and Deventer, The Netherlands


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.