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On my way home from work between 02:40 and 03:10hrs this morning, I spotted Noctilucent Clouds in the predawn southeastern sky. They were faint, but obvious. About 7 thin silvery bands, all parallel to each other, and the horizon. The waxing orange crescent Moon, rising in the east, added to the nice spectacle.

Finally, working nights is starting to pay off! :D

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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?

Nice one Seanie,
although I think Paul Evans reported the first sightings of NLC's on the 7th of June
to Spaceweather.com.
I saw the same display myself but they were very faint.

On Saturday morning after a long night observing at the club site
we also caught a morning display with an orange moon which was as you say very nice to see.
(check out the last image in the post)
www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?p=46947#46947

I hadn't even heard about NLC's up until last year,
they are a nice phenenomon all the same aren't they?
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?

Nice one Seanie,
although I think Paul Evans reported the first sightings of NLC's on the 7th of June to Spaceweather.com.


:oops: OK, how about on IFAS? :P :lol:

They were faint, but unmistakable as NLC's. I had to find a spot that was out of the fog to make sure what I saw while travelling in the car. It seems that, for the moment, they are an early morning display. Though, I do remember seeing more in the evening in late July/early August than morning ones last summer, so maybe it is a trend?

They are indeed a nice phenomena to spot, particularly when you are with a group of observers, spot them, and most of the gang with you don't know what they are, and/or never saw them before!

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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?


Though, I do remember seeing more in the evening in late July/early August than morning ones last summer, so maybe it is a trend?


Yeah they did seem to be more visible in the evenings last year.
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?

*Moved the the Atmospheric Phenomenae forum*
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?

My best views of it have been in early July, so we're not passed the best time yet.
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Replied by paulevans on topic Re: First NLC's of the season?

I haven't seen anything quite as good this year as I saw last year though June 7th was pretty good, and of course in recent days I've seen nothing as the weather has been from hell! It's good that you guys get to see NLCs as you're quite a bit to the south of me - there's reports coming in this week from London which is pretty unusual. Larne seems to be well within the optimum latitude as those further north don't get a dark enough sky.

There is a forum dedicated to NLCs (no,no, not another forum I hear :-) at nlcnet.proboards77.com run by Tom McEwan who is an authority on the matter.

Gives us someting interesting to look at during the light summer months - up here it doesn't get properly dark from mid-May to the end of July.

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