During his talk at the recent 1st National Amateur Observers Symposium, George Anderson, Weather's Photo Editor, showed an image of noctilucent clouds (NLC) and they have been featured recently on the cover of Weather (August 2009) and in a Weather image in September 2009 (Burt, 2009).

It is perhaps appropriate to point out that any observations of NLC and of aurorae are of great scientific interest. The Aurora Section of the British Astronomical Association collects observations from Canada, the United States, Iceland, the British Isles and other European countries. The current network includes astronomical societies, individual amateur and professional observers (including meteorologists) and ships' officers. There is close co-operation with the Royal New Zealand Astronomical Society, which collects southern-hemisphere observations.

Even casual photographs are of considerable value. Those of aurorae may be submitted to the Section Director, Dr David Gavine at 29 Coilles-dene Crescent, Edinburgh, EH15 2JJ (Tel: 0131 657 2338, email: or via Those of NLC should be sent to the NLC Coordinator, Ken Kennedy at 80 Torridon Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 3JH (Tel: 01382 776320, email:

Detailed methods of visual and photographic observations of both phenomena may be found on the Section's web pages:, and the Section is always happy to advise potential observers or photographers.


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