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By coincidence today upon the BBC Weather Watchers website there is small collection of the elusive Notilucent clouds taken very recently in the northern part of the UK.
Link to the photos:-
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An imaginative capture, Peter, of a rather rare cloud formation. Lovely colouring! Thanks.
Clouds and Light Houses – marvellous formula which certainly works well indeed with me.
The more I look at your photo, Kev, the more it grows on me.
Kind thanks for sharing this. 5* from me with no reservation.
Love this as too, the wonderful colours!
Ooooh wat mooi!!
Fine capture of a very rare to see event.
For a view of this rare cloud over central London – including the famous London Eye – take a look at this photo which comes from NASA’s APOD page:-
Four more very good photos, via the BBC. of this rare type of cloud seen recently in the north of the UK:-
Many thanks, John, for sharing this rather rare view. I would warmly urge members to take a look at John’s “For more, see here” introduction / invite to see more of these graceful rare clouds.
What is going on with the two “lights”? One is the moon but is the other a separate light source? The way they are lined up adds to the mystery of the photo. Lovely composition.
A pity authors who post photos onto the Photo Gallery do not respond to questions asked by viewers.
Very early noctilucents, great catch.
@Sharon my guess floodlights or a ship, street lights maybe.
@Laurence Yeah I notice that too. I don’t think many people use or even notice the comment section. Upside: Harder to find for would-be trolls :-)
Here’s an interesting video (2.45 minutes duration) taken from NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD) website showing a very rare combination of Noctilucent clouds accompanied by Aurorae on the night of 4th & 5th August recent at Caithness, Scotland:-
Certainly worth watching! The text is informative too.
Excellent shot, Alan.
Alan, I’ve just come across an interesting video (2.45 minutes duration) taken from NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD) website showing a very rare combination of Noctilucent clouds accompanied by Aurorae on the night of 4th & 5th August recent at Caithness, Scotland:-
Schitterend! Ik heb ze nog nooit gezien, hoe laat is dit ongeveer?
Hoi Nienke. Ze zijn redelijk zeldzaam op onze breedtegraad. Ze waren vorige week donderdag goed zichtbaar. De grootste kans ze te spotten is in de zomermaanden net na zonsondergang en net voor zonsopgang. Deze foto heb ik rond half vier ‘s ochtends genomen, maar rond half twaalf diezelfde nacht waren ze ook te zien.
(dutch for when this picture was taken)
Dat zijn niet echt mijn tijden :)
Lovely shot. You have captured something rather rare indeed. The Noctilucent cloud is usually some 80kms above the Earth and touching space itself.
Here is some brief but useful info about this rare cloud taken from NASA’s “Astronomy Picture Of the Day” (APOD) website:-
Hope this is of use to others here.
Interesting, thank you Laurence!
Beautiful! I have not seen any of these myself, yet.
Lovely shot, Kamila. You have captured something rather rare and have done so very well indeed. The Noctilucent cloud is usually some 80kms above the Earth and touching space itself. Talk about being extremely high – this is it!
It was the most beautiful show I’ve ever seen…
Panorama of 6 photos…
Better resolution here:
Nature Is beautiful
Great picture. I was marveling at the display that night, we don’t often see these down south. Well, I used to see them more often living in Thompson.
Lovely colour in this shot, Hayley. Amazing noctilucent clouds :)
This photo is almost surreal in its combination of the man-made brightness of the city and the naturally illuminated clouds. I love it!
A very striking image, (and a technical triumph!) .
Wow, one of the best!!!
Beautiful ! Weel composed ! tks for sharing.
This is a magnificent capture of lights and colors.
Apart from being a beautiful noctilucent display, Alan, I can also see a wonderfully delicate resemblance of an animals head within the display :D
Beautifully caught John :)
That's just about perfect.
Great image, John.
Beauty in the sky reflected on earth, great picture, John. :)
Superb photo John !!!!
Add one more admirer :)
Wow, suits very well on the 2012 calender….:-)
How lucky you were, Alan, to have two hours of this beauty, thank you :)
Wow, I never thought noctilucents could be this brilliant!
Thank you for this picture.
Superb Alan!. I’ve never seen them, and probably never will being too far north (in the Southern Hemisphere) so thanks for posting.
What an excellent photograph of an outstanding NCL display!
I hope that's a friendly bug. It must be one of those night flying varieties that are only rarely seen.
Very good observation ! tks for sharing
Great pic. Love the bug. Thats about the size of the bugs we get here in Thailand lol
Thank you all for your kind comments. It was the eagle-eyed Tracey Scott who spotted the 'bug' first and brought it to my attention.
It looks like a Mississippi Mesquito, that would be the state bird… haha… cool shot Alan.
Translucent beauty, Alan. How lucky we are to see this bevy of Nocti's :D
Very lucky. Its not something I have ever witnessed. Nice pic :)
So lovely –
I love it, there's something particular about your picture…the colors, tks for sharing !
Thank you :-)
And another, beautiful, A.J. :)
A stunning photo :)
Wow, Jeff. What a sight this must have made. :)
Great pic :)
Simply brilliant picture, Kent – wonderful clouds
Very original !! I love the fact that we see the cockpit..it adds a little mystery…tks for sharing Kent !
love it a super capture what a view from the office window
You are so lucky kent, Great capture!!!!
Wow, i like it, great view.
"Another rare natural event, which some speculate is actually enhanced by rocket and shuttle exhaust plumes, are noctilucent clouds.
The conditions have to be just right in order to witness these clouds that live at 300,000 feet, (80 to 85 kilometers) an altitude which seems impossible, considering the lack of atmosphere, for a cloud to exist.
They're most commonly seen during a two month period that straddles the summer solstice. Furthermore, most sightings occur between 50 and 70 degrees latitude; perfect if you live north of New York, Madrid or Beijing and south of Barrow, Alaska.
Finally, as if to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to catch sight of these clouds, they're only visible for an hour or two before sunrise or for a while after sunset. The reflecting sun illuminates the clouds from below, lighting them up in the dark sky.
I flew across the Atlantic at night, during the perfect time to witness these clouds, for eight years before finally sighting them. Two weeks before snapping these pictures, I had seen a wisp of a cloud that I probably wouldn't have given any thought to.
But a British Airways pilot explained the clouds to a few curious pilots over our air-to-air frequency that's often used to share ride information or to collect an email address of a passing flight if an especially good photo is taken.
He spelled the cloud to a pilot, who asked again for the name. N-O-C-T-I-L-U-C-E-N-T.
I vowed to look that up when we landed.
Less than two weeks later, the captain and I dimmed the lights (a time-consuming task involving 30 knobs that will be the subject of a future Cockpit Chronicles video) so we could get a better look at what appeared to be the Northern Lights.
They were spectacular. But there was one thing that didn't seem quite right. They weren't moving at all. Typically the Aurora Borealis glow and change shapes every five seconds or so.
After a few minutes I mentioned noctilucent clouds to Mark, the captain. The clouds lit up the arctic sky, although it was two to three a.m. over this part of the Atlantic. The sun wouldn't be up for a few hours.
Initially I was disappointed that I only had a wide angle lens with me, but it turned out to be just the right look. I think it ranks as my favorite shot ever"Kent Wien
This is an awesome couple of photos.
Thanks so much for uploading :)
Great story. Great photo. Thanks.
How nice to read your explanation, very interesting!
And you didn’t forget your position report!
What a marvellous sight. Such great colour, thanks Martin.
Beautiful shot Martin !
Stunning image, Jan! The beauty of the shot belies the technical brilliance it must have taken to capture it. Thank you.
It's almost like beach sand and water. Very nice.
Quite a technical achievement to capture an event so delicate and mysterious!