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Fiery lenticular cloud photographed during sunset over Letojanni, Italy

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This fiery lenticular cloud formed in the sunset sky of Italy on November 21 2015.
The sky is on fire.

On November 21, 2015, these incredible lenticular clouds appeared in the sky over Letojanni, near Etna in Italy.

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As if the lenticular cloud was about to swallow up Mount Etna.

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Three suns appear over Chelyabinsk, Russia

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An eye opened up in the sky over Chelyabinsk on November 19, 2015.
Three suns appeared in the sky of Chelyabinsk on November 19, 2015.

Look at amazing pictures and videos of this awesome sun dog phenomenon.



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Never before seen giant ice cloud on Titan

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© NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
As winter sets in at Titan's south pole, a cloud system called the south polar vortex (small, bright "button") has been forming, as seen in this 2013 image.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a massive, never-before-seen icy cloud at the south pole of Saturn's huge moon Titan.

The newly spotted feature — part of a cloud system known as the south polar vortex — suggests that winter in the southern hemisphere of Titan will be even colder than predicted, scientists said.

The atmospheric signal "looks pretty normal, then BOOM!, increases," indicating the presence of a brand-new cloud, said Cassini participating scientist Carrie Anderson, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "I was so excited, I pretty much fell out of my chair."

Anderson presented the new Cassini results at a news briefing Nov. 11 at the 47th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences in Oxen Hill, Maryland. She also spoke at the morning session of the conference that day.

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Eerie sun halo photographed in the sky of Bali, Indonesia

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This amazing sun halo appeared over Bali, Indonesia on November 14 2015.
These incredible pictures were sent to Strange Sounds by Shea D., a follower of the blog.

This amazing sun halo appeared in the sky of Bali on November 14, 2015. Another sign for new extreme weather events to come?

Sometimes, rings around the moon or the sun may announce rain or a tropical storm coming soon as halos form through ice crystals which are usually present in high altitude cirrus clouds. And these clouds arrive days before an advancing cold or warm front, which bring rain. It is to keep in mind that not all cirrus clouds are associated with storm systems.

Therefore most of the rings indicate an increase in water in the upper atmosphere.

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Mystery space objects land in Spain

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© Guardia Civil
Rocket fuel tanks, chunks of satellites or something else entirely... In just over one week, three mysterious objects have fallen from the sky onto the country's southeast.

The mysterious debris has brought in bomb disposal agents and experts in hazmat suits to rush to examine the finds as puzzled locals looked on.

First up a strange black beehive-like ball was found by shepherds in Mula, a town in the region of Murcia last week.

Then at the weekend, a similar-looking, smaller object was discovered in Calasparra, just 30 kilometres (19 miles) away in the same region.

"In the early morning of the day when the first object was found, witnesses said they saw between six and seven balls of fire falling from the sky," Maria Jose Gomariz, spokeswoman for Calasparra town hall, said on Thursday.

"Maybe there were just two balls of fire and it looked like there were more... or some may have fallen in areas where no one goes."

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Elusive 'green flash' of the sun photographed in Aberdeenshire, UK

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© Derek Ryan
A green flash is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing colour.
It is a moment so fleeting that it is rarely caught by the human eye - let alone on camera.

But an amateur photographer has managed to record the elusive 'green flash' of the sun, an optical phenomenon that makes the sun appear to turn green as it rises above the horizon.

Derek Ryan, 50, spotted the unusual sight during an early morning walk at the beach at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, before work.

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An amateur photographer has managed to record the elusive 'green flash' of the sun, an optical phenomenon that makes the sun appear to turn green as it rises above the horizon.
A green flash is a phenomenon in which part of the sun can be observed suddenly and briefly changing colour.

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Lenticular clouds 'invade' Cape Town, South Africa

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© beanibop / Instagram
They're not space invaders bent on conquering earth, but a weird phenomenon whipped up by Mother Nature - probably to keep us alert. Lenticular clouds over South Africa provided the kind of show that could easily be mistaken for an alien invasion.

Looking like a scene from 'Independence Day', this beautiful invasion is sure to take the breath away, as it did for Cape Town residents on Sunday. Few knew those were actually lenticular clouds - wonders of nature who owe their name to their shape - a lens-like protrusion.

Comment: Increasingly unstable weather patterns have been producing bizarre cloud patterns around the world recently. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are possible comet dust loading and changes in the layers of the atmosphere.


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Stunning three suns phenomenon appears at sunrise in northern Russia

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A triple sunrise has been spotted in northern Russia on November 6, 2015.

The three suns phenomenon - known as a 'sundog' or 'phantom sun' - is created by the presence of tiny ice crystals in the air. Magical.

Could you imagine that waking up in the morning to what appeared to be three separate suns on the horizon?

The ice crystals are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

However they refract the sunlight resulting in three brightly burning suns.

According to the video, this phenomenal optical illusion was captured on November 6, 2015.


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Amazing lenticular clouds form over Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

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Something almost surreal happened at the Turrialba Volcano on Friday...or should I say over the volcano! At 6:08 am lenticular clouds appeared. I was not aware that these types of clouds even existed.

Lenticular clouds are a phenomenon that creates a look similar to a tornado. It occurs from time to time, particularly over volcanos. It has been observed at other times at Arenal and Irazu. An expert from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory confirmed the current occurrence.

The strange cloud formations were photographed and the pictures have overtaken social media. Lenticular clouds form in conditions of high winds. They are unique to high mountainous areas, according to the National Meteorological Institute. They are different than clouds traveling fast with surface winds because they appear tornado-like.

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'Cloud tsunami': Ominous storm shelf cloud forms over Sydney

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A Chinese tourist watches storm clouds moving along the coast towards the city of Sydney, Australia, November 6, 2015.
Rough weather has moved to Australia's biggest city, Sydney: watch how a striking storm shelf cloud hangs over Bondi Beach, amazing locals and tourists alike. It comes a day after storms and tornados battered the neighboring state of Victoria.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of severe storms across Sydney, the Hunter region, and the South and Central coasts, saying that heavy rainfall and flash flooding may be in store for residents.

Comment: Other cloud formations observed around the world this week that are not so common include: With increased dust loading of our atmosphere from exploding space rocks and volcanic eruptions in recent times, we can expect to see more strange and unusual cloud formations.