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The mystery of the glowing blue clouds over Antarctica: Nasa spots strangely early 'night clouds'

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posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 07:56 PM

AIM spacecraft saw 'night-glowing' clouds forming 50 miles above Earth
Phenomenon tied with earliest start date yet recorded over Antarctica
These clouds are composed of ice crystals and seeded by meteor debris
When they reflect sunlight, they have a 'shocking' blue colouring

By Cheyenne Macdonald For

Published: 18:56 EST, 2 December 2016 | Updated: 19:04 EST, 2 December 2016

‘Night-shining’ clouds forming 50 miles above Earth’s surface have been spotted glowing over Antarctica far earlier than usual.

The polar phenomenon, captured by NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere spacecraft, tied with the earliest start date yet recorded by the instrument in the Southern Hemisphere – Nov 17.

The clouds are composed of ice crystals and seeded by debris from disintegrating meteors, giving them ashocking blue hue when they reflect sunlight.

The polar phenomenon, captured by NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere spacecraft, tied with the earliest start date yet recorded by the instrument in the Southern Hemisphere – Nov 17

According to NASA, Nov 17 marked the start of noctilucent cloud season in the Southern Hemisphere.

These are Earth’s highest clouds, and sit between our planet and space in the mesosphere.

According to NASA, they are observed seasonally, during summer in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, when the mesosphere is at its most humid, sending water vapour up from lower altitudes.

At this time, it is also the coldest place on Earth, hitting temperatures as low as -210 degrees Fahrenheit as a result of air flow patterns.

Studying these clouds provides insight on the behaviour of this layer of the atmosphere, and its role relative to other layers, weather, and climate.

The start of the season has been recorded anywhere from Nov 17 to Dec 16, and this year’s early appearance lines up with the early seasonal changes observed at lower altitudes.

Noctilucent clouds, also called polar mesospheric clouds, form between 47-53 miles above Earth’s surface (76-85 km), according to the space agency.

Here, water vapour freezes into clouds of ice crystals, which are illuminated when the sun is below the horizon.

November 17th is the earliest recorded date in which noctilucent clouds have appeared. These clouds form between 47-53 miles above Earth's surface. This shows that Earth is going through changes not related to CO2.

The blue hue which occur when the ice crystals from the cloud are seeded with debris from meteors, could also point to the possibility that Earth is receiving more debris from space, and not just from meteors disintegrating.

We have also been seeing other strange and usually rare occurrences happen more often such as the red glow seen over the Pacific ocean.

The following one was captured by the space shuttle in September 2004.

Space shuttle observation of an unusual transient atmospheric emission
Yoav Yair,1 Colin Price,2 Baruch Ziv,1 Peter L. Israelevich,2 Davis D. Sentman,3
Fernanda T. Sa˜o-Sabbas,4 Adam D. Devir,1 Mitsuteru Sato,5 Craig J. Rodger,6
Meir Moalem,2 Eran Greenberg,2 and Ofer Yaron2
Received 17 September 2004; revised 11 November 2004; accepted 10 December 2004; published 18 January 2005.

[1] We report an observation of an unusual transient luminous event (TLE) detected in the near IR, south of Madagascar above the Indian Ocean. The event was imaged from the space shuttle Columbia during the MEIDEX sprite campaign [Yair et al., 2004]. It was delayed 0.23 seconds from a preceding visual lightning flash which was horizontally displaced >1000 km from the event. The calculated brightness in the 860 (±50) nm filter was 310 ± 30 kR, and the morphology of the emitting volume did not resemble any known class of TLE (i.e., sprites, ELVES or halos). This TIGER event (Transient Ionospheric Glow Emission in Red) may constitute a new class of TLE, not necessarily induced by a near-by thunderstorm.

We discuss possible generation mechanisms, including the conjugate sprite hypothesis caused by lightning at the magnetic mirror point, lightning-induced electron precipitation and an extraterrestrial source, meteoric or cometary. Citation: Yair, Y., et al. (2005), Space shuttle observation of an unusual transient atmospheric emission,
Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L02801, doi:10.1029/2004GL021551.

On the event mentioned above the bright flash of light was horizontally displaced, the one that happened over the Pacific in 2014 was vertical, and coincided with a drastic change in the weakening of Earth's atmosphere Earth's Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now which also formed the strongest Super El-Niño in 50 years. It died late in 2014, but reappeared stronger in 2015, which has brought unusual warming.

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Although these two events are separate and occurring in different regions of the Earth, they do seem to correlate with the fact that the Earth is going through changes not related with CO2.

Earth's magnetic field is weakening and the red glowing areas on the Pacific ocean seems to be related to something happening between Earth's atmosphere, and the ocean or the ocean floor. Witnesses who saw this glowing light say they at first saw a vertical light that linked the atmosphere and the ocean before the red glow appeared, and it would suggest there is an interaction occurring between the ocean and the atmosphere.

The early appearance of the noctilucent clouds, which appear on the Earth's mesosphere, is yet another chapter on the changes Earth is going through.

edit on 3-12-2016 by ElectricUniverse because: add link and correct comment.

posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 08:58 PM
I love the quote

"I feel everything but comfortable."

Hahahahaha. Those are some crazy red glowing lights indeed. A vertical flash? This world is nuts. Beautiful but nuts.

posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 09:48 PM
We are possibly in the age of a pole shift.

As a mariner, I need to know where magnetic north is, and changes in magnetic variation in order for my compass to give me a 'true' heading.

Not sure if the presents of more noctilucent clouds is an indicator of a magnetic pole shift.


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