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Moon

Supermoon creates rare moon halos and moondogs over Alabama

Moon halo over Alabama
© Andrew Lecher
Moondog, moon halo spotted over Smith Lake. Cullman Co.
While there's no formal definition of a Supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee.

Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit in which the moon is closest to the earth.

A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that is located farthest from the earth, known as apogee.

Sunday night, we got something more than just a super moon!

Look at this -- it is a super rare moondog!


Comment: It's likely that dust loading from meteors and the rise in volcanic activity is contributing to the strange skies we witnessing these days. This can have a cooling effect on the atmosphere causing more ice crystals to form.


Cassiopaea

'Strange' Arctic rainbow and red 'summer' sprites in winter - rare atmospheric events on the increase

STRANGE ARCTIC RAINBOW
© Valtteri Immonen
December 3, 2017 @ Muonio, Lapland, Finland


STRANGE ARCTIC RAINBOW


Rainbows usually require liquid water. Droplets falling out of the sky intercept beams of sunlight, reflecting them back in a colorful spray of red, green, and blue. Yesterday, Valtteri Immonen saw such a rainbow over Muonio, Finland, but something was missing: the raindrops. "It was -6 degrees C, no rain and no snowfall," he says. "Yet there was a huge rainbow across the sky."

"I have never seen a rainbow during the winter and I didn't even know that it is possible for them to form when the temperature is below 0 degrees Celsius," he marvels.

Bizarro Earth

Satellite images reveal extent of Earth's pollution

Images released by the European Space Agency on Friday are very revealing - Showing the level of air pollutants around the world, including the sulfur dioxide, ash, and smoke from the Mount Agung volcano in Bali.
The Sentinel-5P satellite
© ESA Earth Online
Artist's rendition of The Sentinel-5P satellite.
On October 13, this year, the ESA launched its UK-built Sentinel-5P, a pollution monitoring satellite. Sentinel-5P is the first Copernicus satellite solely dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmospheric chemistry, 24-hours a day, every day., and it has lived up to its name.

The satellite's instruments, as it orbits over 800 kilometers (497 miles) above Earth, produces one million gigabytes of data that's about the same as 213,000 DVD movies. Pollutant levels are measured across individual countries, providing data on Ozone NO_2, SO_2, Formaldehyde, Aerosols, Carbon dioxide, Methane, and Clouds, according to the ESA website. The monitoring is in support of air quality, climate, and ozone operational monitoring programs.

In a statement, ESA says that "even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era."

Cloud Grey

Unusual fallstreak cloud captured in Michigan sky

Michigan fallstreak cloud
© Nicholas LaBelle via WZZM-TV
This fallstreak hole was captured by Nicholas LaBelle while he was in Sparta on Friday
Several viewers contacted WZZM-TV to ask about some unusual sights in the western Michigan sky. The TV station did a bit of research to learn they are called fallstreaks.

According to the National Weather Service a fallstreak hole is also known as a "hole punch cloud" and it's easy to see why from this photo provided by Nicholas LaBelle who was in Sparta on Friday when he snapped this pic.

Here's more from the NWS: "A fallstreak hole is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds."

You might be wondering how they form and why: "High to mid level clouds, such as altocumulus, are often composed of tiny water droplets that are much colder than freezing, but have yet to freeze. These "supercooled" water droplets need a "reason" to freeze, which usually comes in the form of ice crystals. Planes passing through the cloud layer can bring these ice crystals."

"Once the ice crystals are introduced, the water droplet quickly freeze, grow and start to fall. A hole is left behind, which will start to expand outward as neighboring droplets start to freeze."

Comment: In recent times this rare cloud phenomena has appeared over Southern California, UK, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Other strange cloud anomalies seem to be appearing globally with higher frequency and intensity. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity and changes in the layers of the atmosphere. See these articles from the last couple of days: An indicator of this dust loading is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are observing. As explained in Pierre Lescaudron's book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection:
The increase in noctilucent clouds is one of the effects - among others - of increased dust concentration in the atmosphere in general, and in the upper atmosphere in particular. We suspect that most of this atmospheric dust is of cometary origin, while some of it may be due to the recent increase in volcanic activity.
See also: Chemtrails? Contrails? Strange skies


Rainbow

Rainbow appears in Taiwan for 9 continuous hours as experts claim it has broken record

A rainbow appeared near Chinese Culture University in Taiwan for almost nine hours yesterday

A rainbow appeared near Chinese Culture University in Taiwan for almost nine hours yesterday
A rainbow appeared in the sky above Taipei for nine hours continuously yesterday, claimed a meteorology expert.

It's said to be the world's longest-lasting rainbow which was visible from 7am to 4pm in the capital of Taiwan.

The expert, who is a professor of Atmospheric Science, said the previous world record was six hours and it was observed in Sheffield, United Kingdom, in 1994.

He also explained that the rainbow yesterday lasted for such a long time because monsoon was effecting northern Taiwan.


Sun

'Phantom suns' appear in the skies of northern China

Sun dogs over northern China
Photographers have captured stunning footage of a rare natural phenomenon which makes it look like as if our planet has three suns.

People in China were stunned by the footage of what looks like three suns appearing in the sky on November 28.

Two small coloured patches, or 'phantom suns', can be seen positioned at the left and right side of the actual sun in the sky.

The phenomenon called "sun dogs" appeared in the sky over Hulunbuir City in China's Inner Mongolia. The video shows two patches of light to the left and right of the sun.


Sun

Sunlight drips through clouds and strange arc of dotted light spotted in sky at Missouri River (PHOTOS)

Missouri river light phenomenon
A strange phenomenon was captured by two friends returning from a boat hunt along the Missouri River. The sun was falling toward the sunset when they noticed a strange group of lights in the sky, and vertical rays falling from the setting sun during a few seconds!

Cloud Grey

Odd lenticular cloud formation over Colorado (PHOTOS)

colorado lenticular cloud
© Jackie Carpenter via 9News
What is that for a bizarre cloud formation in the sky over Colorado?
Mother Nature loves to demonstrate that, even if you happen to be the most seasoned of outdoors enthusiasts, she still has the ability to blow your mind ... if you're lucky enough to stand in exactly the right spot, at precisely the right time. Now look at the trippy cloud formation captured above Arvada, Colorado on November 23, 2017 and tell me what you see.

Seismograph

BOOM! Mysterious blasts rattling the skies are on the increase around the world - UPDATE at least 64 documented events (VIDEO)

A sound graph from the U.S. Geological Survey's Lakeview Retreat near Centreville, Alabama, shows a loud boom heard over Alabama at about 1:39 p.m. CST on Nov. 14, 2017.
© USGS
A sound graph from the U.S. Geological Survey's Lakeview Retreat near Centreville, Alabama, shows a loud boom heard over Alabama at about 1:39 p.m. CST on Nov. 14, 2017.
Was it a supersonic aircraft? A meteor? A ground explosion? The end of the world as we know it?

Those are the questions experts and non-experts around the world are asking themselves in recent weeks as curiously loud mystery BOOMS have not only been hear around the world, but felt - shaking buildings and rattling nerves from Alabama to Michigan, Idaho to California, Russia to Denmark.

The Alabama boom last Tuesday at 1:39 CST was heard and felt through 11 counties, but an earthquake event has been ruled out.

The day after Alabamans were shaken by that incident, something similar occurred in Idaho. No explanation has been forthcoming from law enforcement officials there.

Comment: Also See: Witches, Comets and Planetary Cataclysms


Cassiopaea

Rare pink auroras sparked by spotless Sun's solar wind

spotless sun pink aurora 22 november 2017
© Marianne Bergli
In nearby Kvaløya, aurora tour guide Marianne Bergli witnessed a surge of pink that was, if anything, even more dramatic.

Taken on November 22, 2017 @ Kvaløya, Tromsø
On Nov. 22nd, the face of the sun was unblemished by sunspots, and NOAA classified solar activity as "very low." Nevertheless, the skies above Tromsø, Norway, exploded with a remarkable outburst of pink auroras. "Suddenly, the whole valley turned white (with a hint of pink)," says Frank Meissner, who witnessed and photographed the display. "It was over after about 20 seconds."

How bright was it? "The brightness of the auroras may be compared to the car lights in the background of my photo," points out Meissner.