CLOUDS THAT GLOW IN THE DARK

Photographing noctilucent clouds

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I feel very defensive towards noctilucent clouds. At times, they seem to play the role of the aurora's frumpish sister. It's not uncommon for folks on social media in the middle of summer to yearn for the end of NLC season, the return to dark skies, and the chance of that spectacular view of the northern lights. Don't get me wrong. I love a good aurora show as much as the next person. I just happen to love the short season of noctilucent displays.

Maybe it's something to do with the fact that during the never-ending summer twilight, when you're out chasing the NLCs, you can get away with wearing a t-shirt and light jacket, being as mild as it is.

Maybe it's something to do with the mesmerizing light displays they can put on, as their wave-like structures undulate and ripple across the twilight sky.

Maybe it's something to do with the mind-blowing nature of the phenomenon itself. These clouds are seeded by the dust of meteors, billions of years old, a kind of atmospheric last hurrah as they go out with a glorious visual bang.

Whatever it is, these are some of the most charming things you'll see in the night sky. This eBook reveals something of the beauty of NLCs, as well as pulling back the curtain on the equally amazing science behind the clouds that glow in the dark, and has some time lapse videos allowing you to enjoy the dance they put on in the twilight skies of summer.


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