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NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS OVER FLORIDA?!!

August 13, 2014

DanSpace77

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Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Bartils.

Here’s an incredible image of the rare noctilucent clouds from Mike Bartils that was submitted to Spaceweather.com.

As many of you space nuts already know, noctilucent clouds are a high northern & southern latitude summer treat.  Usually taking place just after sunset or before sunrise at latitudes of above 45-70 degrees north and south of the equator and for a fairly brief window from May through August for the northern hemisphere and  November through February for the southern hemisphere.  As this is a primarily summer event, regions near the poles rarely get dark enough to view them.

Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds on Earth (they reside in the mesosphere) and they’re formed by ice crystals and dust extremely high in the atmosphere.  As the Sun sets and dips roughly 5 to 15 degrees below the horizon, sunlight is reflected off of them in…

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