Delights of the summer Sky: Noctilucent Clouds & Iridium Flare

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Having never seen or photographer NLC before, I had been watching the message boards, websites and keeping in touch with astronomy friends regarding any possible displays since the start of May. The weather has not been kind for any of the displays so far so imagine my frustration one 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 message 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 progressing 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.

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: 3 x 8sec, ISO 400 F5

majestiele, NadiraGR, nahcco, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. 35 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(117.406720369, 51.6382170379) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(07:49:37.613, +51:38:17.581)
    Orientation:-152.30 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:49.14 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :80.23 x 36.07 degrees

    Your field contains:
    The star Capella (αAur)
    The star Menkalinan (βAur)
    The star Merak (βUMa)
    The star θAur
    The star εAur
    The star Tania Australis / Alula Borealis (μUMa)
    The star ψUMa
    The star ηAur
    The star Dnoces / Talitha (ιUMa)
    The star αLyn

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  2. astronut2007 35 months ago | reply

    Sounds like quite a night Brendan. Congratulations and well done!

  3. Elliotphotos 35 months ago | reply

    Please add this great photo to the Astronomy Photos Group:

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