Major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over Europe

Major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over Europe

A major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) was reported over Europe, including France, Spain, Germany. NLCs over these latitudes are considered rare, according to night sky enthusiasts, as these clouds are typically seen over higher latitudes. Last week, NLCs…

2021 noctilucent clouds (NLC) season starts earlier than expected

2021 noctilucent clouds (NLC) season starts earlier than expected

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been spotted over Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, and Scotland, among other countries, on May 25 and 26, marking an early start to the northern hemisphere's 2021 NLC season. The clouds are rapidly intensifying. In only four days…

Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appear over Sweden

Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appear over Sweden

Rare dark red noctilucent clouds appeared over Vallentuna, Sweden on July 25, 2020, and were recorded by P-M Heden. This type of NLCs is rare and not fully understood, Dr. Tony Phillips of the SpaceWeather.com reports. Research in the 1970s revealed that much of the…

Early start of the 2020 noctilucent cloud (NLC) season

Early start of the 2020 noctilucent cloud (NLC) season

The Northern Hemisphere noctilucent cloud (NLC) season has officially begun. The first cloud was detected by NASA's AIM spacecraft inside the Arctic Circle on May 17. The detection marks one of the earliest starts in the 14-year history of the spacecraft. …

2020 northern hemisphere NLC season forecast

2020 northern hemisphere NLC season forecast

Public interest for noctilucent clouds rose sharply in 2019 after record-setting outbreak across the northern hemisphere. The 2020 season is expected to start mid- to late-May or early June, but at the moment, it doesn't seem like 2020 will be a repeat of 2019….

2019 northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season starts unusually strong

2019 northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season starts unusually strong

The 2019 northern hemisphere noctilucent cloud season has begun unusually strong. Electric-blue clouds were first observed by NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft on May 20, marking the official start of the season. ​"For the past 2…

Solar minimum brings prolonged 2018 noctilucent clouds season

Solar minimum brings prolonged 2018 noctilucent clouds season

The northern hemisphere 2018 noctilucent clouds season is still going strong this August, with four times more NLC reports than in the same period in 2017. "Something unusual is happening in Earth's upper atmosphere," Dr. Tony Phillips of the…

Northern hemisphere’s 2018 noctilucent clouds season begins

Northern hemisphere’s 2018 noctilucent clouds season begins

NASA's AIM spacecraft has spotted first Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) of the 2018 northern hemisphere NLC season at the end of May. And just as they spotted them forming, people on the ground started seeing them, too. "They are back!" Ruslan Merzlyakov…