Noctilucent Clouds in the Summer Sky

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    Having never seen or photographer NLC before, I had been watching the messages boards, websites and keeping in touch with astronomy friends regarding any possible display since the start of May. The weather has not been kind for any of the displays so far so imagine my frustration last night when reports of a possible display came in, I rushed outside and there was complete cloud cover. I dejectedly headed back inside and watched the mess boards for the next hour up to 00:30. Sure enough there was a display in progress as photos began to be posted to the message boards. I decided to have one last check for clear skies just before going to bed and….. Eureka!! Clear skies and there they were those elusive electric blue beauties!! A truly memorable night followed. The wonderful views of the processing NLC display were interrupted by no less than 3 majestic passes of the ISS. Finally as the Sun was creeping towards the horizon the brilliant Jupiter came into view in the north eastern twilight. Upon return to my home when reviewing my photos I realised I captured an Iridium flare along with the NLC. A great ending to a truly magical night.

    Details:
    Location: Killygordon, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland
    Date: 14 June 2011
    Time: 00:30-3:30
    Camera: Self modded Canon 1000D, 18-55mm stock lens set at 18mm
    Exposure: 10sec, ISO 400 F5

    AdrianJScott, majestiele, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    2. Tyroneskies 35 months ago | reply

      Great images, it was a nice display last night, saw it in Tyrone as well

    3. John C McConnell F.R.A.S., F.B.I.M.S., I.M.C.A. 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful set Brendan, it was a beauty, here's to more of the same.

    4. rumpleteazaer 35 months ago | reply

      Absolutely beautiful image! I'm glad you took that last look.

    5. petrus.agricola 34 months ago | reply

      Fascinating photo, congratulation !
      But not fitting in the "Fine Arts" series.

    6. Donegal Skies 34 months ago | reply

      My apologies, I must have accidently added it to the group, I will remove it hasn't already been done.

    7. Donegal Skies 34 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the kind words guys. It was a lovely display.

    8. TonioMora 34 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot, Brendan. ;)

      What a curious clouds!
      I didn't know about this atmospheric effect. :O

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