Watch a Stunning Heavenly Show of Icy-Blue “Night-Shining” Clouds Light up the Evening Sky

A strange weather phenomenon spawned high in the polar atmosphere was recently seen as far south as the contiguous United States. The data suggests, “night-shining” clouds are becoming increasingly common, and occuring lower and lower in the atmosphere.

On June 10, both on-the-ground observers and NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft spotted noctilucent clouds, or “night-shining” clouds. The high-altitude clouds form in the spring and summer as the warming lower atmosphere sucks heat from above.

‘At about 155 miles (250 km), the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected,’ says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, who led the study.

Unusual Night Shining Clouds viewed from the United States. The polar, high-altitude clouds appear in various shades of light blue and white. Photo by NASA’s Earth Observatory.

The cooling upper atmosphere causes ice crystals to take hold of meteor dust and other high-altitude particles. Occasionally, enough ice crystals accumulate to form visible clouds — long blue and white sparkling wisps.

Noctilucent clouds were first documented in the mid-1800s after the eruption of Indonesia’s Krakatau volcano sent ash throughout the atmosphere. In addition to vivid sunsets, skywatchers observed thin, glowing clouds, high in the sky. Even after the ash subsided, observers continued to note the phenomenon.

NASA’s AIM probe has been charting the appearances of night-shining clouds for several years now. The data suggest they’re appearing earlier, more frequently and at lower latitudes — which some scientists suggest is the result of the growing presence of greenhouse gases.

After the most recent noctilucent clouds were documented by AIM, scientists created a composite image of their presence — as seen from space.

Noctilucent clouds. NASA Earth Observatory.

“The clouds appear in various shades of light blue to white, depending on the density of the ice particles,” officials wrote. “The instrument measures albedo — how much light is reflected back to space by the high-altitude clouds.”

The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km) above the same region of Mars, and could help explain what makes up the Martian atmosphere.

The phenomenon was observed on March 12, 2012 over the ‘terminator’, which is the boundary between day and night on Mars.

One of the plumes developed in around 10 hours and lasted for 11 days, shifting shape from ‘double blob protrusions’ to pillars which merged into a ‘finger’ shape.

A second was spotted nearby on April 6, 2012, and lasted about 10 days.

Noctilucent clouds. NASA Earth Observatory

‘At about 155 miles (250 km), the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected,’ says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, who led the study.

Source: UPI

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PROPHECY:

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne -Psalms 97:2 (KJV).

Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven -Job 22:14 (KJV).

He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. -Job 26:9 (KJV).

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north, By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth- Job 37:-9-12 (KJV). 

Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? – Job 37:14-16 (KJV).

And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them – Job 37:21 (KJV)

Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty- Job 37:22 (KJV).

Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? – Job 37:-18 (KJV).

Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? – Job 36:29 (KJV).

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet – Nahum 1:3 (KJV).

And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. – Isaiah 4:5 (KJV).

He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night- Psalm 105:39 (KJV).

In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire- Psalm 78:14 (KJV).

He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it- Job 26:9 (KJV).

Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven – Job 22:14 (KJV).

For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys- Exodus 40:38 (KJV).

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork -Psalm 19:1 (KJV).

…”Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?” Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites? “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?…- Job 38:31-33

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse – Romans 1:20 (KJV).

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