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Bright night shining clouds - 13.7.2021 at 00.27 - 13.7.2021 at 01.01 Espoo Observation number 99529

Visibility IV / V

Mika Yrjölä, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

After noticing the cooler air on the balcony, enjoying a hint of illuminated night clouds, I just took my camera and tripod with me and went out to see if it was worth going out to take pictures. After all, there the sky looked so not when to go.

At the time the main picture of the observation was taken, there were surprisingly "crumbly" or turbulent-looking night clouds. I also took a wide-angle shot as a friend with a short time lapse of a hundred miles, when I had never tried it before for the illuminating night clouds myself. It turned out to be a surprisingly fun look, so you should try it again, with a little more pictures!

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Additional information
  • Havainto
    • Night shining clouds
  • Cloud coverage in the sky
    • Covered 1/4 of the sky
  • Noctilucent clouds
    • Swirl info

      Swirls are curved night shining cloud forms. For example, a single night cloud belt or group of waves may be curved on a clear bend.

      The arrow indicates a slight vortex in the night cloud belt. Photo by Joni Tahkoniemi.

      Strong swirls in image taken by Veikko Mäkelä.

    • Waves info

      Waves of noctilucent clouds are short, close groups of clouds.

      Wavy NLC by Jari Luomanen.


      NLC waves by Hannu Määttänen.

    • Band info

      Bands of noctilucent clouds are long, stripe like cloudformation.

      A single, very bright NLC band. Photo by Mikko Peussa.


      On the upper left corner, rising bands are clear on the image. Whereas waves of NLC cover the bottom right side of the image. Photo by Juha Tonttila.

    • Veil info

      The night cloud vail is a vague thin night shining cloud with no clear structure.

      Noctilucent cloud veil with one strong belt formation. Image by Veikko Mäkelä.

  • Brightness of the noctilucent clouds
    • Bright night shining clouds
Technical information

Canon 5D mk IV, wide angle 16-35mm f / 4L IS wide angle head, timelapse 100-400mm optics wide angle head.

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