Articles tagged "atmospheric optics"

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Citizen scientists discover new, mysterious feature of aurora-like phenomenon STEVE

Citizen scientists have discovered that the aurora-like phenomenon called STEVE or Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement has a new feature-- small, green fence-like lights streaking through the atmosphere at 1 600 km/h (1 000 mph). STEVE is also a discovery...

November 26, 2020

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Rare noctilucent clouds appear during summer solstice over London, England

Rare noctilucent clouds (NLCs) put on a spectacular display over London, England, on June 21, 2020-- during the summer solstice. "Even the bright lights of the London Eye on the River Thames couldn’t drown out the display," said Phil Halper, a...

June 24, 2020

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Giant jellyfish red sprites captured over the Czech Republic

Giant red sprites resembling jellyfish were captured over the skies in the Czech Republic on June 13, 2020. According to SpaceWeather.com, sprite season is underway in Europe and more atmospheric bullseyes are in the offing. Czech photographer Daniel...

June 15, 2020

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Red sprites and airglow over West Texas

A large column of red sprites and airglow put on a fantastic display over West Texas on May 13, 2020. The phenomenon was captured by Stephen Hummel of the McDonald Observatory. A line of storms more than 161 km (100 miles) away generated the astonishing display in...

May 18, 2020

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Supercooled rainbow appears over Muonio, Finland

A supercooled rainbow was observed and photographed above Muonio, Finland on December 4, 2017. Supercooled rainbows were also sighted in the Arctic last year. "I have never seen a rainbow during the winter and I didn't even know that it is possible for them...

December 07, 2017

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"Light pillars' observed over south Wales, UK

A very rare atmospheric optical phenomenon called 'light pillars' was observed in the night sky above south Wales about 21:50 UTC on Friday, March 11, 2016, the same day a CME impact sparked surprising G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm with auroras seen as far...

March 14, 2016