Well what a sight! Four planets, the ISS and Noctilucent Cloud that just kept giving…….
At 2.32am an alert went out to members via WhatsApp from member Sonia who had spotted the NLC developing in the North East.
Several members picked up the alert and so too got to witness & photograph a fantastic NLC spectacle which lasted a long time into dawn. The last photograph taken was at 4.05am! The planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn (which was in the South) where photographed with the NLC too. Then starting at 3.08am there was a bright ISS pass overhead.
Spaceweather.com wrote ”This morning, sky watchers in Europe woke up to some of the brightest noctilucent clouds (NLCs) in years. The clouds were amazingly bright and remained very evident deep into dawn. The clouds didn’t stop there. They spread south across Europe, backlighting the Eiffel Tower and completely filling skies in places where, normally, NLCs are confined to a thin band near the horizon.’‘
Below are a selection of stunning photos taken by members , Honor Wheeler, Jim Burchell, Diane Clarke, John Howarth and Sonia – all from North West Kent.
Four images of the NLC on the 6th July 2022 taken by Honor Wheeler.
Three images of the NLC on the 6th July 2022 taken by Jim Burchell.
NLC with Venus at 3.30am
NLC at 3.45am
Three images of the NLC on the 6th July 2022 taken by Diane Clarke.
Diane said ‘Again following a message from fellow member Sonia, I set up my equipment and watched in fervent hope that the NLC would develop, as there is always the possibility that they will dissipate shortly after becoming visible.
The 1st image is a panorama created from 6 frames as the entire NLC was spread out over a large portion of the N-NE sky, that a panoramic view was the only option to encompass the majestic splendour on display.
Images by taken by Sonia using an iPhone of the NLC, ISS and Planets on 6th July 2022.
NLC developing in the North East at 2.46am. You can also see the star Capella.
NLC at 2.56am. Getting brighter & higher.
NLC at 3.03am with Capella.
The ISS appearing in the West at 3.08am.
NLC continuing to develop and spread with Capella at 3.15am.
NLC at 3.24am
NLC at 3.26am
NLC and Mars in the East at 3.36am.
NLC with Mars & Jupiter in the East at 3.42am.
NLC at 3.45am nearly overhead.
NLC directly overhead at 3.48am.
NLC at 3.49am spreading overhead. Saturn can be seen bottom right in the image, which was in the South.