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San Juan Sunset
images by: David Tarsi

S u n s e t
The Picture below is of Noctilucent clouds taken July 15,2009 at 10:09 pm pdt (July 16 at 05:09 Universal time)
in northwest Washington state at latitude 47° / longitude -122°
These cloud formations are often called NLC's for (Noctilucent Clouds)
or PMC's for (Polar Mesospheric Clouds) or Night Shining clouds. They are a modern occurance and were first recorded in
the late 1800's. Their cause is not certain and NASA is currently studying them as there is evidence that these strange
clouds may be indicators of the extent of global climate change. It is unusual to see these clouds this far south of the
north pole. They are visible 30 to 60 minutes after sunset because of their extraordinary height at about 83 kilometers (52.8 miles),
and are not visible during daylight hours from the ground.

More information about these clouds may be found by following these links:

NASA page
Noctilucent Cloud Observers Home Page
Wikipedia article
Space weather
Noctilucent Cloud Sightings in 2007
Space weather 2007

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