Saturday, December 19, 2015

Strange Clouds Sighted over the Poles

Source - Space Weather News for Dec 17, 2015:

STRANGE CLOUDS:  Sky watchers around the Arctic Circle are reporting an outbreak of rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds--super-colorful clouds that sometimes form in the ozone layer above the North Pole. Almost simultaneously, NASA's AIM spacecraft is seeing electric-blue noctilucent clouds floating over the South Pole. The simultaneous apparition of these strange clouds, poles apart, may be a complete coincidence--or not.  Visit for more information.

GEMINIDS PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE STRATOSPHERE:  When the Geminid meteor shower peaked earlier this week, a snowstorm was in progress over the mountains of central California.  Using a helium balloon, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a low-light camera to photograph the shower high above the obscuring clouds. To see what Geminids look like from the stratosphere, please visit

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