Clouds light up the night sky

By Ross Findon

Monday, July 7, 2014

 

Clouds light up the night sky

Noctilucent clouds in the night sky, taken from Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Jamie Russell/Island Visions Photography.

IT MAY look like dawn, but these fantastic photographs were taken at 2am today (Monday) by Isle of Wight photographer Jamie Russell, of Island Visions.

They show noctilucent clouds, a meteorological phenomenon that only occurs at around this time of year.

Jamie said: "These clouds develop at around 50 miles up, in the upper atmosphere, and they form because of water vapour condensing on tiny particles of dust — possibly meteor dust — and freezing.

"They are only visible because the sunlight is reaching the upper atmosphere although down at ground level it is still dark.

"They only form around, and just after, the Summer Solstice when the upper atmosphere is at its coldest."

Noctilucent

Noctilucent

Noctilucant clouds, taken from Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight. Pictures courtesy of Jamie Russell/Island Visions Photography.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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