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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

Marek Nikodem,
Szubin, Poland
Jul. 2, 2008
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Noctilucent clouds attack! Today morning, before 2 hours of sunrise, I observation great complex NLC. The display was over 90 degrees wide, over 30-40 degrees high. Photo detalis: Nikon D50 camera, exp 6-8 sec, iso 400 ASA

John C McConnell,
Maghaberry Northern Ireland.
Jul. 2, 2008
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The NLC display lasted all night here in Northern Ireland. These images show the amazing structure visible just before dawn.These bands were so compact that they cast their own shadows on the sky, I have never seen that before in over forty years of observing NLC's.Canon 400D 18-55mm lens ISO400/200 various exposures from 8-3.2 seconds.

Laurent Laveder,
Quimper, Bretagne, France
Jun. 30, 2008
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It was a nice Moon-Pleiades conjunction, and an exceptional day for me because it was the first time ever I saw some noctilucent clouds! And this display was very broad as it extend from North-East to East! I made some panoramas using a Sigma 70mm stop to f/4.0 on a Canon 30D. No tracking. 3 s at 500 ASA.

Henk Bril,
Nieuwstadt, Limburg, The Netherlands
Jul. 2, 2008
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Most spectacular show I've ever observed of NLCs. On the evening of July 1st a modest but nice performance, but on the early morning a eruption of activity that lasted until sunrise. Even surpassing the zenith, which must be quite rare for my latitude (+51 North)

Pete Lawrence,
East Beach, Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Jun. 30, 2008
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Wow! I was just packing up for the night when I spotted another display of NLCs at the edge of the twilight arc to the north-east. I grabbed my camera and popped down to the beach where a lovely crescent Moon posed beautifully amongst the clouds. Then, just when I thought it couldn't get any better - I spotted the Pleiades in one of my shots. A superb way to end a night's observing. What a sight!

Sietse Dijkstra,
Almelo, The Netherlands
Jun. 30, 2008
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The morning before we go on holiday! So my camera was allready packed, but for this display I get it out the car to take these pictures. Very bright display wich reaches hights till 60 degrees. Pictures taken from a field behind my house in Almelo, the Netherlands. Sorry for my bad English ;)


Peter van Leuteren,
Borne, Overijssel, the Netherlands
Jul. 2, 2008
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After a night of meteor watching, in which I saw a beautiful sporadic fireball meteor of magnitude -4, I photographed the noctilucent clouds seen from my bedroom window. It was a beautiful and bright display. During the display I had telephone contact with a friend that was on vacation in Drenthe (100 kilometres in the north of were I live). He saw the same details in the clouds as I did. That whereas we were so far away from each other.

Stachu Strzyzewski,
Reszel, Northern Poland
Jun. 26, 2008
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What a show! The noctilucent clouds lasted over northern horizon for the entire night creating glowing patches, ripples and waves until dawn. I haven't seen them that bright and long lasting so far.

more images (July 2): from Pete Glastonbury of Devizes, Wiltshure, UK; from Raymond Westheim of Oss, The Netherlands; from Lukas Ronge of Trutnov, Czech Republic

more images: (June 30): from Andy Ball of Worcester, Midlands, England; from Martin Stirland of Winterton On Sea Norfolk England; from David Arditti of Edgware, Middlesex, UK; from Scotweather of Falkirk, Scotland; from Alan C Tough on the North Sea (approx. 51 deg 48' N; 2 deg 38' E); from Andy Burns of Bedroom, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK;

more images: (June 26): from Christian Bartzsch of Riesa, Saxony, Germany;


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.