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

P-M Hedén,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jun. 25, 2009
#1, #2, more

WOW! The best NLC display I´ve seen in the month of june! Amazing structures and they moved really fast, a night to remember! 20mm Sigma and Canon 450D

Terence Kearey,
Sweden 59deg N, 1am.
Jun. 25, 2009
#1, #2,

The first noctilucents I've seen this year. Really bright. Took these beautiful wispy clouds, one from the roof, a bit tricky with the tripod but worth it and one from the ground. Two stars visible.

Aigars Truhins,
Sigulda, Latvia.
Jun. 26, 2009

Noctilucent clouds over Sigulda. Nikon D90, f/8, 1,6 sek. exp, ISO-400. With begining of the summer NLC clouds shine bright blue-green light and flow like water in the sky.

Marcin Makowski,
Szubin, Poland
Jun. 21, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4

Again NLC's from the Poland. Today sunrise so bright, very beautiful and effective. Photo details: Nikon D50, 1-8s exp, f3.2/5,6, ISO 200-400

Ulrich C. Beinert,
flying in 37000 feet altitude above the Baltic Sea
Jun. 24, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Flying from Frankfurt to Helsinki, the first sign of NLCs appeared north of Berlin. Crossing the island of Bornholm and later Visby, they expanded to a massive complex with spectacular details. By the time we arrived over Finland, the clouds had spread to the zenith and beyond, spanning from southwest over north to the east.

Peter Rosén,
On a rooftop in central Stockholm, Sweden.
Jun. 25, 2009

Last night the NLC display was impressive in Stockholm, Sweden. The clouds stretched far beyond zenith which is quite rare. I took 14 overlaping pictures that make up this panorama of more than 180°.

more images: from P-M Hedén of Vallentuna, Sweden; from Andi Turner of Leek, Staffordshire, UK; from Jaromir Nemec of Davle, Czech republic; from Tomáš Maruška of Bratislava (Slovakia); from Michael Kunze of Moers, Germany; from Karsten Schueckel of Fischbach near Dresden, Germany; from Katarina Riesel of Stockholm, Sweden; from Kaj Kauko of Nacka, Sweden; from Roy Keeris of Zeist, The Netherlands; from Ivo Dinsbergs of Riga, Latvia


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.