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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

Aigar Truhin,
Sigulda, Latvia
Jun. 27, 2008
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Note the dark tropospheric clouds scudding beneath the much higher-altitude, glowing noctilucent clouds.

Conor McDonald,
Northern Ireland Co.Derry Maghera
Jun. 27, 2008
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Very bright display last night 4 or maybe even 5. Excellent structure

Krzysztof Polakowski,
Gniewowo, Poland
Jun. 27, 2008
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Very bright NLC clouds in Gniewowo North Poland. I went with my girlfriend and a dog for a walk. After several minutes, my girlfriend said "See those strange clouds? What is that? This is beautiful. Thank you for taking me for a walk!"

Photo details: Nikon D70s 400ISO Nikkor 3.5 2s.

Arvydas Četyrkovskis,
Vilnius, Lithuania
Jun. 26, 2008

I've spotted noctilucent clouds only two times this year, but yesterday it was a very spectacular sight here in Lithuania. Howewer it vanished very quickly, after almost an hour from taking this shot.

Photo details: Nikon D40, ISO 200, f/9, 30s exp.

Declan McCormack,
Mornington, Co Meath, Republic of Ireland.
Jun. 26, 2008
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This was the first time i managed to capture a noctilucent cloud display, it was so bright.I was lucky as i was out walking the dog late when i saw the display it was approx 11.30 GMT. I hurried home to get my camera a canon 400d and drove to the nearest location with a nice foreground this image was taken approx midnight GMT.The building is an old light house marking the entrance to the Boyne river from the Irish sea at Mornington, Co Louth, Ireland, i think it looks a little like one of the Apollo lunar modules

Photo details: Camera Canon 400D, Lens Canon 18 - 55mm, exposure 20 seconds, iso 800, f-ratio 5.6

Raguva, Lithuania
Jun. 26, 2008

Photo details: Olympus u740, exposure time 1,3s ISO-100

Grant Privett,
A mile south of New Quay on the west coast of Wales, UK.
Jun. 27, 2008

Taken from just south of New Quay on the Welsh coast at around 1am on the 27th June 2008 by Grant Privett. Initially very low over the horizon and difficult to see (about half as high up the sky as Capella), but it became much brighter and spread across the northern horizon covering twice the length of The Plough. Very obvious, even after the Moon rose. Lasted until the onset of dawn drowned it out with continual variation in intensity. Nothing was visible 30 mins earlier. Image is a single 60s exposure with a Panasonic DMC-FZ7 perched on a fence post. The distant lights are on the Llyn peninsula in north Wales.

Lukas Ronge,
Trutnov, Czech Republic, Europe
Jun. 26, 2008
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There was very bright Noctilucent clouds, low above horizont. Captured by webcams and Canon EOS 350D. Exposure 5-30s, ISO 100. Time: 20:25-21:50 UTC.


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.