Noctilucent Clouds 17th June 2012

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    The skies were clouded out on the night of the 17th June 2012 and I had positioned myself in front of the TV to watch the golfing stars of the US open third round. As the round the was drawing to a close Irelands very own G mac, who was making a charge to the top of the leaderboard, was up staged when through the window I spotted the sky clearing revealing those eerie, electric blue delights of the Summer- Noctilucent Clouds. I suspected I missed the best of this display as the sky didn’t clear until after 0200 BST and the display was fading in to the morning twilight. However, I please to be treated to this celestial surprise.

    Location: Killygordon, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland
    Date: 17 June 2012
    Time: 02:00-02:30
    Camera: Self modded Canon 1000D, Simga 20mm
    Exposure: 6sec, ISO 200 F5

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    1. Steve is the Coolest 33 months ago | reply

      Well spotted. Nice scene.

    2. Brian Wilson's Photos 33 months ago | reply

      Very good Brendan, were they to the North or East? Also there was strong Aurora late last night, early this morning. What do you think would the chances be of seeing both? I've a feeling the northern horizon is to bright but if we got a strong southerly tilt in the IMF, could we be in for a treat?!

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    4. Donegal Skies 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks, this was to the north east. Its hard to say about the Aurora. It is so so bright to north this time of year, i think it will drown any Aurora activity out but i suppose if something insane happens on the Aurora front it might be possible. I am hopping for Aurora and nlc time lapse in late July, very early August when it is a little bit darker. I Don't know for sure tho as i never tired to photograph Aurora at this time of year before so i could well be wrong.

    5. astronut2007 33 months ago | reply

      Nice scene Brendan. We just have perma-cloud in Moray!

    6. Sprengben [why not get a friend] 33 months ago | reply

      You did a perfect Job with this image! It really deserves Explore.
      Have a good Sunday.

    7. Dangerous Dave Astrophotography 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot, looks like I missed this AND the aurora on 17/6/12 thanks to the clouds, boo hiss

    8. hugo b♪rth♪→photostream 33 months ago | reply

      I love it !

      look this photo:

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