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Noctilucent Clouds & Climate Change: a Potential Link

Noctilucent clouds, also known as polar mesospheric clouds, are ice-crystal formations found in a region of the upper atmosphere called the mesosphere. They form at altitudes of 50 miles (80 km), right up near the fringes of Space, making them Earth’s highest clouds. Named with the Latin for ‘night shining’, they have a bluish glow as […]

June 2020

Anyone for night Cloudspotting? A mysterious, rippling veil of gossamer-like clouds hangs high in the sky over the Netherlands. Forming right up at the fringes of Space, these clouds are the very highest in our atmosphere. They’re known as noctilucent clouds, and they form in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 50 miles (85 kilometres), […]

Be a part of our Noctilucent cloud photography showcase

It’s noctilucent cloud season! We have teamed up with our friends at Go Stargazing to raise awareness of the mysterious and elusive noctilucent clouds. Named after the Latin for “night-shining” these night sky phenomena are where stargazing and cloudspotting meet. Normally, astronomers’ biggest fear is a cloudy sky, but they love these extremely high clouds, […]

June 2019

June has seen numerous spottings of ‘noctilucent clouds’ across Europe and North America. Why might these rare night-shining clouds, which form right up at the fringes of Space, be starting to appear more and more frequently…?

Noctilucent season is here!

Noctilucent clouds are extremely high ice-crystal clouds that form up in the mesosphere, at altitudes of around 50 miles / 80 km. Their Latin name roughly translates as ‘night shining’. This is because these ghostly rippling clouds only become visible when the Sun is below the horizon for the observer, so that the sky is dark by the sunlight […]