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Noctilucent clouds shine over North Wales, UK

Along with the current heat wave, the summer has also brought a completely different phenomenon to North Wales.
Noctilucent clouds over Wales
© John Rowlands

Despite clouds being a rare sight in the sky at the moment, this image depicts 'space clouds' shining in the Anglesey skyline.

The noctilucent clouds, which are a summer-only phenomenon, are seven times higher than normal weather clouds, and are made of ice formed around tiny dust particles left behind by shooting stars.

The photograph was taken in Amlwch by John Rowlands, who runs the Facebook page 'Space_Clouds' , where he shares photographs and information about the clouds.

Comment: See also: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?

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Meteor smoke creates noctilucent clouds, and in recent years they're occurring much further south

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High above Earth, glowing clouds of frosted meteor smoke are spilling over populated areas of the USA and Europe.
"Last night, for the first time this summer, noctilucent clouds stretched across our whole sky," reports Danish observer Pernille Fjeldgaard Jensen. "Some of the clouds looked like silver corkscrews spiraling their long arms towards us."
"It was a fantastic display," says Jensen, who took this picture from Denmark's Lille Vildmose Wild Life Park.

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise to the top of Earth's atmosphere and crystallize around specks of meteor smoke. Mesospheric winds gather the resulting ice crystals into clouds that float more than 80 km high. They can be seen long after sunset as they ripple and swirl across the night sky.

Observers in Europe have been seeing these clouds for more than a month. On July 4th, bright NLCs finally visited the continental USA. Dustin Guy saw the silvery forms spreading over Seattle:

Comment: Because meteor activity in our skies is increasing, as well as our planet is cooling, one would expect to see much more vivid displays of noctilucent clouds, and that's not all we're seeing...

Recent fireballs documented on SOTT: Other strange sky phenomena:


New research says Earth bombarded by cosmic rays from Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae
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For years, Earth has been bombarded by cosmic rays emanating from a mysterious source astronomers couldn't identify. Now, new research conducted with the help of NASA's NuSTAR space telescope has finally tracked down the source of these rays: Eta Carinae, a binary star system just 10,000 light-years away. In an event called the Great Eruption of 1838, the system created a stunning hourglass nebula in a tremendous burst of energy that temporarily made it the second-brightest object in the night sky.

According to Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NuSTAR: "We've known for some time that the region around Eta Carinae is the source of energetic emission in high-energy X-rays and gamma rays. But until NuSTAR was able to pinpoint the radiation, show it comes from the binary and study its properties in detail, the origin was mysterious."

The powerful cosmic radiation is caused, in part, by two currents of stellar wind colliding as they swirl around the twin stars. These winds then create shockwaves that boost the strength of the X-rays and gamma rays also being emitted. According to Kenji Hamaguchi, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: "We know the blast waves of exploded stars can accelerate cosmic ray particles to speeds comparable to that of light, an incredible energy boost. Similar processes must occur in other extreme environments. Our analysis indicates Eta Carinae is one of them."

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Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?

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Increased water vapor in Earth's atmosphere
due to human activities is making shimmering high-altitude clouds more visible, a new study finds. The results suggest these strange but increasingly common clouds seen only on summer nights are an indicator of human-caused climate change, according to the study's authors.

Noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds are the highest clouds in Earth's atmosphere. They form in the middle atmosphere, or mesosphere, roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) above Earth's surface. The clouds form when water vapor freezes around specks of dust from incoming meteors. Watch a video about noctilucent clouds here.

Comment: As well as the ever increasing fireball activity: Michigan Meteor Event: Fireball Numbers Increased Again in 2017

Humans first observed noctilucent clouds in 1885, after the eruption of Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia spewed massive amounts of water vapor in the air. Sightings of the clouds became more common during the 20th century, and in the 1990s scientists began to wonder whether climate change was making them more visible.

Comment: Volcanic activity worldwide is on the increase, which may help explain this years dazzling NLC display.

Comment: As noted in Rare high-elevation tornado forms near Weston Pass Fire, Colorado:
Recently other climate scientists were saying hurricane Harvey "should serve as a warning", as they continue to push the man-made climate change/global warming lie. They are not considering the importance of atmospheric dust loading and the winning Electric Universe model in their research. Such information and much more, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power.
Increasing cometaryand volcanic dust loading of the atmosphere (one indicator is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are witnessing) is accentuating electric charge build-up, whereby we can expect to observe more extreme weather and planetary upheaval as well as awesome light shows and other related mysterious phenomena.
Also check out SOTT radio's:

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Ice Age Farmer Report: Noctilucent Narrative: Incoming signs in sky, Japan flooding and 37,000ac lost in France

'Night-shining' noctilucent clouds forming 50 miles above Earth's surface are becoming more common

'Night-shining' noctilucent clouds forming 50 miles above Earth's surface are becoming more common

A new media narrative emerges anticipating signs in the sky -- and blaming them on Global Warming. Extreme flooding, hail, and temperature events worldwide are destroying agriculture, heralding the arrival of the modern Grand Solar Minimum. Start growing food today.



Something massive struck Uranus claims new paper

Planet Uranus
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Two views of Uranus.
You might be aware of one of Uranus' complexities: It spins on its side, and its moons orbit on that same rotated plane. New evidence strengthens the case that Uranus was smashed in a giant collision, resulting in its sideways orientation to its orbital plane and perhaps explaining some of the planet's other mysteries.

A new paper performs a series of simulations on Uranus early in its history, taking note of what an early impact may have done to its rotation rate, atmosphere and internal structure. The impact could have left a clear signature still visible inside the planet we see today.

Uranus really is strange. Not only does it rotate on an axis that sits at a 98-degree angle to its orbital plane, but, unlike the other giant planets, it doesn't appear to release more heat than it receives from the Sun. Its magnetic field, too, appears warped compared to the Earth's.

An impact could perhaps help explain some of these strange traits.

Scientists have been simulating giant impacts into Uranus since the early 1990s, according to the new paper published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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Gloomiest June in 100 years for Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Last June in Reykjavík was so cloudy that you would need to go back a century to find a gloomier one.

RÚV reports that for the entire month of June, the sun has appeared for a grand total of 70.6 hours; less then 10% of the 720 total hours in the month. Consequently, the average temperature was 1.6° below the monthly average, barely reaching 13°.

Meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir says there has not been a gloomier June in 100 years, and that there is no one explanation for this.

"There has been, for example, an unusual situation in the upper atmosphere, and this jet stream which is so important to us is in the wrong place compared to what we're used to," she told reporters. "Which pours low pressure systems over us... There's also a very cold sea now south and southwest of Iceland."


'Red rain' falls in Siberia - Rust from nearby metal plant?

red rain Siberia
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Screenshot from YouTube video.
Car owners in Siberia could be forgiven for thinking a biblical plague had descended upon their city, after finding their vehicles soaked by blood-colored rain in a Norilsk parking lot.

Photos of the phenomenon showed the parking lot and cars coated in brownish-red residue from the rain. But the owner was quick to reassure everyone there's no calamity in store for the city. According to him, blood-red water was simply colored by rust from the roof of a nearby workshop. The parking lot in Siberia's major industrial center is located next to a metal plant.

Comment: Although this appears to have been a man-made phenomenon, we can learn from it that dust particles in the atmosphere will turn rain into 'blood'. Which has happened before:

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Behemoth cloud structure filmed over the Bahamas

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June 26, 2018: In this video you will see multiple views of a behemoth shelf cloud that towered over the Bahamas on June 24, sent in by Patrick M from the Islands. It is unbelievable!

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Rare 'shelf cloud' filmed in over Lake Superior in Michigan

A terrifying wall of cloud has been caught on camera ominously rolling to wards the shore.

A terrifying wall of cloud has been caught on camera ominously rolling to wards the shore. The freak event was captured by Holly Belongie Marenger, a Michigan native who recorded the cloud as it continued its steady march towards her and her family (pictured)
A terrifying wall of cloud has been caught on camera ominously rolling towards the shore.

The freak event was snapped by Holly Belongie Marenger, a Michigan native who recorded the eerie cloud as it advanced steadily towards her and her family.

It may have resembled an apocalyptic scene or a tsunami, but meteorologists believe the unusual spectacle was actually a 'shelf cloud'.

These rare, intimidating quirks of the climate were officially named as a new type of cloud in the World Meteorological Organisation's Cloud Atlas last year.

Comment: Ominous looking roll cloud filmed over Memphis, Tennessee