Veins of Heaven

By: P-M Heden


Region: Europe

Site: Gotland - Sweden

Date: July 2014


Comments: 1

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day transfusing sunlight through a still dark sky, this exceptional display of noctilucent clouds (NLC) was captured above the island of Gotland, Sweden. From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds reflect sunlight even though the Sun itself is below the horizon as seen from the ground. Usually spotted at high latitudes in summer months the night shining clouds are also known as polar mesopheric clouds. They are understood to form as water vapor driven into the cold upper atmosphere condenses on the fine dust particles supplied by disintegrating meteors or volcanic ash. NASA's AIM mission provides daily projections of noctilucent clouds as seen from space. P-M Heden,

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