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 and 2007.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Tom Eklund,
Valkeakoski, Finland
Jul. 31, 2008
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Wow! This was amazing display of NLC's and in such a good conditions. Best show in years!

Photo details: Nikon D200, 100 ASA, 20 and 28 mm lenses.

P-M Hedén,
Hedesunda Sweden
Jul. 30, 2008
#1, #2, #3, more

One of many displays of NLC lately here in Sweden. Last night, maybe one of the last in 2008, I had another wonderful sight of Noctilucent clouds.

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

Dag O. Bollingmo,
Haltdalen, South Norway, about 100 km. south of Trondheim.
Jul. 27, 2008
#1, #2

Beautiful display of NLC covering almost half the sky. Only problem is that as far north as Haltdalen, South Norway (latitude N 63)the sky is still not dark enough for long-time exposure.

Photo details: Nikon Coolpix 4500, 2 sec., ISO 100.

Geir Øye,
Ørsta, Norway
Jul. 27, 2008
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Very nice NLC display. The Moon came up and enhanced an already nice scene. Observations from about 23.00 UT 07/26/2008 to 01.30 UT 07/27/2008. Most of the time the entire north and north-eastern sky was electric blue-white. There were complex structures.

Photo details: Canon EOS 450D, various lenses,tripod, RC-5, ISO:100, 3-4s exposure.

Dmitry Lvov,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Jul. 27, 2008
#1, #2, #3, #4

Noctilucent Cloud and bright tracks of rocket launch Soyuz to ISS.

Markku Nissinen,
Kangaslampi, Finland, Europe
Jul. 27, 2008
#1, more

There have been Noctilucent clouds on three consecutive nights visible at Kangaslampi, Finland. On 26/27.7.2008 night NLC clouds were very bright and beautiful. On this picture the Moon, which is travelling towards the total solar eclipse, is reflecting beautifully from the still surface of Lake Haukivesi. Picture is taken at 2 AM local time when the NLC display was at brightest.

Photo details: Canon EOS 350D, ISO 100, 18 mm lens, 4 seconds exposure.

more images (July 30): from Peter von Bagh of Porvoo, Finland; from Markku Nissinen of Varkaus, Finland, Europe

more images (July 27): from Tom Eklund of Valkeakoski, Finland; from Mike Herbert of Hommersåk, Norway

more images (July 26): from Marko Myllyniemi of Ilmajoki, Finland


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.