Book of the Month
June 2017

Observing Noctilucent Clouds
by Michael Gadsden and Pekka Parviainen

In 1995, noted noctilucent cloud researcher Michael Gadsden from Scotland and renowned Finnish sky photographer Pekka Parviainen got together and published this informative and easy-to-read guide on how to observe and photograph noctilucent clouds (NLC). The book details how to look for NLC, what details to record, and gives valuable tips on NLC photography. Interestingly, it was not long after 1995 that we had the advent of digital photography, so the instructions are somewhat dated, but the general information is of course still useful. The original bound version of the book contained actual prints by Parviainen carefully placed onto the pages. The quality of the photos is stunning and the pictures evoke the sense of wonder we have the opportunity of experiencing right here in Edmonton every June and July when NLC show up.

The bound version of Observing Noctilucent Clouds is no longer available, but the book can be accessed online. The International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy in 2006 published the web version, and the PDF can be downloaded by going to the IAGA website at

To see the original book in person, please do show up at the June Astro Café on Thursday, June 22nd at 8:30 p.m. at the Namao Community Hall.  Mike Noble and I will be talking about NLC, and if it’s clear that evening, it will be an opportunity to witness a peak-season NLC display!

Check out this book and hundreds of other books, at The Lamplighter Memorial Library, just off the entrance to the star theater.

Mark Zalcik