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

Jan Koeman,
Philippus Lansbergen Observatory Middelburg-The Netherlands
Jun. 16, 2009
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Finally, after several weeks of sky-watching in vain, we had a superb display of Noctilucent Clouds this evening. It started 1 hour after sunset and lasted until midnight. Beautiful electric-blue structures, even high up in the sky. I also took some details with stars shining through the NLC's.
Photographs with Nikon D300 and several lenses from 12 to 200 mm.

Andy Burns,
Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Jun. 17, 2009
#1, #2

Even brighter than the 16th, but lower down so I had to move to the edge of town. Just got a bit of foreground...when traffic lit up the sign. Capella is in the cloud. Nikon D300, variuos exposures 6seconds to 15s, f5ish, 18-105 zoom.

Aigars Truhins,
Sigulda, Latvia.
Jun. 18, 2009
#1, #2

Noctilucent clouds over Sigulda, Latvia. Actually, I wonder how high in the sky these clouds start shine, usualy they com from North and are low on the horizon. Pictures taken with Nikon D90, f/5,6 ,5sek. exp., ISO400.

Ervins Reinverts,
Riga, Latvia, EU
Jun. 18, 2009

Spotted those NLCs accidentally. Picture made from balcony of my home. Camera - Canon EOS 350D, kit lens (EF-S 18-55) at 18mm, aperture f/8, 29 sec exposure.

Alexey Kulachatov,
Village Vnukovo of Moscow Region
Jun. 18, 2009

Photo details: Canon EOS 40D + EF-S 10-22 400 ISO, 5s exposure

more images: from Jacob Kuiper of Steenwijk, The Netherlands; from Alex Scholten of Eerbeek, Netherlands; from Marco van der Veldt of Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands; from Albert Engert of Uengershausen, BY, Germany; from Tarmo Tanilsoo of Laguja, Estonia; from David Shipton of Northamptonshire, UK; from Gordon Fiander of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; from Hans Nienhuis of Wageningen, The Netherlands; from Ray Emery of Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK; from David Hughes of Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, U.K


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.