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

Jens Hackmann,
Weikersheim, southern Germany
Jun. 16, 2009
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Some very intense NLCs in the night of 16th June 2009. The images show some impressions of the display from Weikersheim, southern Germany.

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Robert Wielinga,
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jun. 16, 2009
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Last night we witnessed fantastic Noctilucent Clouds in the Netherlands. I seldom saw them so bright! The animated gifs were made with a Canon Rebel XT dslr, ISO 400, 4 seconds exposure. There was 30 seconds between the subsequent exposures. Larger versions of the animated gifs can be found on the website.

Harald Edens,
Wijdenes, The Netherlands
Jun. 16, 2009
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A beautiful, extensive NLC display that reached across the zenith around 2100 UTC. I photographed the clouds along the Markermeer dike near Wijdenes, The Netherlands. There was almost no wind and the lake was like a mirror.

Jamie Russell,
Sandown, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Jun. 16, 2009
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An amazing display of NLC's was seen from here on the Isle of Wight which is in the southern most part of the UK. There was a lot of Cirrus pushing in from the west below the NLC's which started to obscure my view of them after a while. These were taken between 11:30pm and 12:30am Please excuse the black borders, i grabbed these pics from my website to save time! Camera: Nikon D300 Lens: Sigma 17-70mm Exposure time: Between 30 and 50 seconds ISO: 100

Andy Burns,
Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Jun. 16, 2009

At 11pm on the 16th June, electric blue clouds were slowly moving eastwards above the last of the sunset colour, into some traces of lower cirrus cloud heralding another low pressure system moving into the UK.

more images: from Robert Malmström of Rommelsbach, S. Germany; from Maarten Bouwman of Lent, the Netherlands; from Raymond Westheim of Oss, The Netherlands; from Günther Strauch of Borken, NRW, Germany; from Jeremy Housman of Ramsgate, Kent. United Kingdom; from Edwin van Schijndel of Oss, The Netherlands; from Wim Bergman of Stadskanaal, The Netherlands; from Rhiannon Hope of Cookham, Berkshire, UK


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.