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, 2007, and 2008
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jeff Culp,
Maple Valley, Washington, USA
Jul. 15, 2009

Lovely Noctilucent clouds. Disappeared within 15 mins of photo being taken. Moon visible in upper RH corner. 0447 PDT of 7-15-09. Used Canon 1Ds w/ 24-70L lens, f/8, 5 sec exposure ISO 400.

Marcin PoĊ‚udniewski,
Dobiegniew, Poland
Jul. 14, 2009
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Sultry, summer night with NLC. Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-70, F/4,5, ISO 400.

Steve Poole,
Wilson, Wyoming in the Jackson Hole Valley.
Jul. 15, 2009

Noctilucent clouds over Wyoming on 7-15-2009 at 4:50 am. Very Bright and quite extensive with the planet Venus shining bright for a scale. The clouds disappeared about a half hour before local sunrise which is just after 6am. ISO 200 @ f3.5 for .8 sec with a Nikon D70

Lecoq Etienne,
Mesnil Panneville ,Normandy , France
Jul. 14, 2009
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For the French national Day, 14 Juillet, very bright noctiluvent clouds over Normandy 2 sec exposure with Nikon D70 and 24/120 zoom lense

Alex Tudorica,
Dubna, Russia
Jul. 12, 2009

A trip to a northern location like Dubna does have other advantages besides the science facilities here - impressive noctilucent displays. Here, at 56 N there is no night and the NLC display lasts all night long. The photograph was made near midnight.

Vilnius, Lithuania, Europe.
Jul. 14, 2009
#1, more

Very bright noctilucent clouds over Vilnius, photographed with Canon 450D, from the rooftops looking north. You can see Vilnius TV tower. This is a panoramic view of 5 photos, each exposure of 8 seconds, f5,6, 24mm, iso 100.

Thomas Robitaille,
Paris, France
Jul. 14, 2009
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This was the most impressive display of noctilucent clouds I have seen to date. These were visible during the Bastille Day fireworks in Paris. Taken with a handheld Canon EOS 300D.

Morten Ross,
S andbukta, Svartskog, Norway
Jul. 15, 2009
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At last a clear night and NLCs! The NLCs were very fast moving this time. I have noticed that the direction of the NLCs I have observed have been the same - namely from the north east. I will continue to note the direction. Nikon D700, 70mm @ 00:39, 01:23 and 02:06 local time.

more images: from Ralf Vandebergh of the Netherlands; from Alexey Sokolov of Riga, Latvia; from Marek Nikodem of Szubin, Poland; from Jos Peters of Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands; from Brian Amme just north of Reno, NV; from Pavel Klimes of Hostivice, Czech Republic; from Alan C Tough of Elgin, Moray, Scotland; from Nejc Ucman of Verdun, Novo Mesto, Slovenia; from Lori Checkowy of King City, Ontario; from Jaromir Nemec of Davle, Czech republic;


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.