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Question: Have you ever seen Noctulicent clouds?
Yes, they are beautiful - 4 (26.7%)
I am not sure as I do not live in the Northern latitudes - 0 (0%)
No, I wouldn't know one if I saw one. - 5 (33.3%)
No. - 3 (20%)
I am still sleeping during that time. - 3 (20%)
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« on: June 20, 2014, 06:27:18 PM »

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ELECTRIC-BLUE SUMMER CLOUDS: Noctulicent clouds (NLCs) are a phenomenon of summer. Ironically, that is when the top of Earth's atmosphere is cold enough to form ice crystals around meteor smoke--the "stuff" of NLCs. So, you know the summer solstice is near when the late-night sky starts to look like this:

Read more about Noctilucent clouds: www.spaceweather.com brought to you by NASA scientist, Dr. Tony Phillips

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 06:32:40 PM »

Pretty neat! I hope I get to see them.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 06:41:35 PM »

Pretty neat! I hope I get to see them.  Grin

I woke up early, went outside about an hour before sunrise, and saw them in the eastern sky.
The constant changes in the sky were breath-taking and had me in awe at God's wondrous creation.

I also saw them about 30 to 45 minutes after sunset above the Western horizon.

And I live in Los Angeles, so it was special. Normally, we do not see them.
However, there was a guy in Arizona who also saw them.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 06:43:17 PM »

To voter #3, do you see Noctulicent clouds during your dreams?
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 08:13:18 PM »

Here are some lovely Noctulicent clouds over Ireland:

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 08:16:35 PM »

Ireland is the place to be. Here is another shot, which was taken around 3:15 AM, so one cannot oversleep.

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014, 08:52:46 PM »

This is not a noctilucent cloud, neither is it a rainbow.

Can anyone guess what it is?



The photographer called this "a big grin in the sky."

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Nicknamed the "fire rainbow" because of its fiery rainbow colors, this apparition in fact has nothing to do with either fire or rainbows. It is caused by sunlight refracting through plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus clouds. The geometry of the refraction requires that the sun be high in the sky (above 58o), which explains why this is a summertime phenomenon.

June and July are the best months to see circumhorizon arcs
. Look for them circling the horizon sometimes in patches, sometimes not, always brightly decorated with pure and well separated prismatic colors. You'll know it when you see it.

http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=18&month=06&year=2014

I have seen these circumhorizon arcs during the summer months. Yes, you will recognize it when you see it as it is not present after rainstorms.



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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 08:55:34 PM »

Here is another picture of the phenomena that occurs among the cirrus clouds, and is a refraction of ice crystals.


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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 10:29:43 PM »

Very cool! thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2014, 09:28:17 PM »

Here is a glorious shot from Alberta, Canada:


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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2014, 03:00:43 PM »

Here is a lovely view of noctilucent clouds and 'tis the season to see them.

In the clouds below, it almost looks like there is a butterfly:



For a gallery of fantastic photos, please visit: http://spaceweathergallery.com/nlc_gallery.html
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2014, 03:54:23 PM »

Here is a lovely shot of noctulicent clouds from Poland:

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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2014, 04:06:34 PM »


Very cool!

What a beautiful world we live in!
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2014, 09:55:19 AM »

Very pretty.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2014, 11:51:15 AM »


So....driving home last night around 10:30 p.m.....I saw these spiderwebbie clouds ALL over the place.

They seemed to glow in the last vestiges of sunlight.  It was really, really cool...and mesmerizing and I had a hard time actually keeping eyes on the road instead of up at the sky.

I remembered this thread and thought to myself, "I SEE THEM!"

....and then a few minutes later I began to wonder...was it really these types of clouds....or just the smoke from all the gazillion fireworks being set off everywhere...and traveling miles across the sky?
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2014, 01:04:52 PM »


So....driving home last night around 10:30 p.m.....I saw these spiderwebbie clouds ALL over the place.

They seemed to glow in the last vestiges of sunlight.  It was really, really cool...and mesmerizing and I had a hard time actually keeping eyes on the road instead of up at the sky.

I remembered this thread and thought to myself, "I SEE THEM!"

....and then a few minutes later I began to wonder...was it really these types of clouds....or just the smoke from all the gazillion fireworks being set off everywhere...and traveling miles across the sky?

You might have seen them. People noticing Noctilucent clouds all over Europe and in the Northern USA where you are.

Here is another shot either taken this morning/yesterday evening from Germany (dated July 5).

Notice it almost looks Red, White, and Blue (our colors)? Weird and wonderful!

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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2014, 01:07:07 PM »

Oh, by the way, please see if you can take a picture and post it here.

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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2014, 01:14:03 PM »

Oh, by the way, please see if you can take a picture and post it here.



Well...as I was speeding along at 75 mph, and I was tired, I hesitated.  Smiley

Will they still be visible tonight?
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2014, 11:02:25 PM »

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Well...as I was speeding along at 75 mph, and I was tired, I hesitated.  Smiley

Will they still be visible tonight?

They might be visible tomorrow morning before sunrise (about one to three hours before sunrise) or you can look to the horizon about an hour after sunset. They are best seen out in the country away from city lights.
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2014, 11:53:46 PM »

Very nice, thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2014, 01:07:37 AM »

Here is a recent and awesome photo taken by Jorge Sereno on July 4, 2014 @ Middelburg, Zeeland, Nederland

To see more of his photos, click: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=99100&PHPSESSID=rvkhu9l08v0602775l1ioehuu0

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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2014, 03:51:07 PM »

Here are a series of photos taken from Szolnok, Hungary by Szabó Szabolcs Zsolt on July 4, 2014.

http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=99173&PHPSESSID=hndb8gcoh36a36s65f63hcdnr4

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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2014, 02:30:17 AM »

Here is another awesome photo:

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"This is the second time this summer we've seen extensive NLCs in Scotland," he says. "I took the picture using a Nikon D700 (f5.6) set at at ISO 500 for 3 seconds."

High-latitude sky watchers, take note of those settings. July is the best month of the year for noctilucent clouds, and your chance to take a similar picture could be just hours away. Track the progress of the current display by monitoring the realtime NLC gallery:



www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=07&year=2014

The darker grey cloud looks like a finger is reaching out ...
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2014, 03:55:13 PM »



This is awesome!

To view the video, please go to http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=07&year=2014
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2014, 12:59:41 PM »

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NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by "meteor smoke," they form at the edge of space 83 km above Earth's surface. When sunlight hits the tiny ice crystals that make up these clouds, they glow electric blue.

In the northern hemisphere, July is the best month to see them. NLCs appear during summer because that is when water molecules are wafted up from the lower atmosphere to mix with the meteor smoke. That is also, ironically, when the upper atmosphere is coldest, allowing the ice crystals of NLCs to form.
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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2014, 12:59:39 AM »



Serpentine noctilucent clouds seen from North America and photographed by Canadian photographer Mark Zalcik
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« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2014, 04:35:47 PM »

I just spotted this awesome noctilucent cloud, when I was searching spotless days.



http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=16&month=07&year=2013
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« Reply #27 on: Today at 02:40:21 AM »

Here is another beautiful photo of noctilucent clouds:


Go to www.spaceweather.com for more photos.
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