In Northern skies.

Comet Neowise July 2020  

Images care of Paul Cotton
Comet Neowise top right of image with Noctilucent clouds
Comet neowise
Comet Neowise
Night Shining Clouds a Summer treat to look out for

Badger’s view for June

 

Night shining or Noctilucent clouds are a phenomenon visible looking to the North during the summer months an hour or so after sunset and before sunrise.

Only visible during summer months, noctilucent clouds generally appear as bright blue/white patterns when the Sun is below the observer's horizon, although other colours can also be visible. With the Sun only just below the horizon during summer these clouds in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 km (47 to 53 mi) are still in sunlight. 

 

Noctilucent clouds are composed of tiny crystals of water ice higher than any other clouds in the atmosphere formed on dust particles. The sources of both the dust and the water vapour in the upper atmosphere are not known with certainty. The dust is believed to come from micrometeors, although particulates from volcanoes and dust from the troposphere are also possibilities.

                             Amazing Space Facts                

A Tablespoon of Neutron star weighs more than 1 billion tons (900 billion kg). So while you could lift a spoonful of our Star (The Sun), A tablespoon of the Sun, depending on which part you get it from, would weigh about 5Lbs (2.2 kg) — you cannot lift a spoonful of neutron star.