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On June 8th and 9th, many people who have never previously heard of “noctilucent clouds” (NLCs) found themselves eagerly taking pictures of them–from moving cars, through city lights, using cell phones and iPads. “I have never seen clouds like this before!” says Tucker Shannon, who took this picture from Corvallis, Oregon:
“I heard that they may have been seeded by meteoroids,” says Shannon.
That’s correct. NLCs are Earth’s highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the planet’s surface. The clouds are very cold and filled with tiny ice crystals. When sunbeams hit those crystals, they glow electric-blue.
There have been many sightings and reports of noctilucent clouds in the past few weeks. Some of these sightings have been farther south than normal. There may be a reason for you to keep a close eye out for these spectacular clouds.
Noctilucent clouds are very high clouds that only show up just after sunset or just before sunrise. I’ve never seen them before sunrise. To me evening seems like the most likely time to see these clouds.
It is thought that the ice crystals in noctilucent clouds grow onto space dust such as comet debris. Because these clouds are so thin, they can only be seen on a clear night when the sun is below the horizon where it can illuminate the exceedingly thin clouds at a time when the sky is dark. For this reason, they are also called “night shining clouds.”
MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Super rare clouds were spotted over West Michigan this past week and one local photographer was there to see it.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: rickymouse
It could have something to do with the Earth's changing magnetic field, the Sun cycles or even the galactic plane as you brought up. There is just so much we don't know.
originally posted by: rickymouse
....We are crossing over the galactic plane, but that takes lots of time and in the writings it was only talked about happening for years, not even centuries, but then again, the last time we went over the center of the galactic plane was many many thousands of years ago...no writings from thirty thousand years or more are around...
astronomers have determined that we’re currently moving away from, not toward the galactic plane. By astronomers’ estimates, our solar system last crossed the plane of the Milky Way galaxy some 3 million years ago. We won’t do so again for another 30 million years.
LookingAtMars I'm glad you pointed that out with your thread it's looking at the sun I suppose?
originally posted by: Subsonic
Interesting. If the theory is correct that these are formed from increased dust and micro-meteorites, and we're experiencing a record breaking amount of them at the moment, perhaps that means we're going to have an especially active Beta Taurids meteor shower in the coming days.
The Beta Taurids run from early June through mid-July, with a peak in late June, and are associated with the remnants of the Comet Encke.
To go just a bit further down that rabbit hole, Graham Hancock is a proponent of the theory that it was a fragment of the Comet Encke that hit Earth 12,800 years ago on the North American ice sheet, causing the Younger Dryas climate catastrophe, and is likely the source of the flood myths and the disappearance of Atlantis. Maybe we need to keep an eye on the heavens in the coming weeks?
This still is a conspiracy site after all, isn't it?
originally posted by: SeaWorthy
"Next month, astronomers will scan the Beta Taurid meteor shower in search of asteroids that might someday threaten a potentially catastrophic collision with Earth.
A new study, soon to be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, suggests that the Beta Taurid meteor stream may camouflage dangerous space rocks.
The Beta Taurid is a stream of meteoroids that regularly produces a modest display of meteors each year in late June, and the idea is that embedded within it may be some much larger chunks that might possibly pose a danger to Earth. Canadian astronomers David Clark, Paul Wiegert and Peter Brown at Western University speculate that there could be a connection between the Beta Taurid meteor stream and the massive airburst that occurred over Tunguska, Russia, in June 1908. "