Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Night-shining clouds

SpaceWeather.com is reporting that "intense, electric-blue noctilucent clouds rippled across Europe last night. Sightings were made in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and all parts of the British Isles."

A video of the clouds is available here.

According to the report:

"For reasons no one fully understands, noctilucent clouds tend to be most active during years of solar minimum. 2009 is such a year. The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century, and many researchers expect a banner season for these mysterious clouds.
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NLC OBSERVING TIPS: Look west 30 to 60 minutes after sunset when the Sun has dipped 6 to 16 degrees below the horizon: diagram. If you see luminous blue-white tendrils spreading across the sky, you've probably spotted a noctilucent cloud. Although noctilucent clouds appear most often at high latitudes, they have been sighted in recent years as far south as Colorado, Utah and Virginia."

For more awesome pictures of this phenomenon, visit the 2009 noctilucent cloud photo gallery.

I just love stuff like this!

3 comments:

Hooda Thunkit (a.k.a. Dave Zawodny) said...

Me too!

And thanks for the information on the solar minimum; the most maximum minimum in almost a century ;-)

Tim Higgins said...

Maggie,

Are these scientists sure that this isn't all caused by global warming? I mean what the heck, everything else is. :-D

Maggie Thurber said...

No, Tim, it's only politicians who think all such meteorological events are the result of man-made global warming...LOL!

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