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NCAS CAO NLC-Camera Time-Lapse Video starting at 2020-07-11 00:00 UTC

Hooper, David A (2020) NCAS CAO NLC-Camera Time-Lapse Video starting at 2020-07-11 00:00 UTC. [Video]

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A time-lapse video showing Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) and a Comet seen from southern England (51.15°N,-1.44°E) during the dawn of 11th July 2020. NLCs are a seasonal wonder of the natural world. They can only be seen from upper-middle and high latitudes during the mid-summer months (between mid May and mid August in the northern hemisphere). They are the result of ice crystals forming at the extraordinarily high altitude of around 82 km. This is 70 km higher than virtually all other clouds seen at these latitudes and qualifies as being at the edge of space (the atmospheric density and pressure are approximately 100,000th of their values at sea level). NLCs can only be seen during twilight hours, hence the name noctilucent, which means night-shining. Note that British Summer Time (BST) is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The solar elevation angles do not take account of atmospheric refraction, which is only noticeable when the sun is close to the horizon. The brightest star seen in the video is Capella, which is in the constellation Auriga. It starts near the bottom-centre and moves in an arc towards the right and upwards. The comet NEOWISE can be seen following a similar path from approximately 01:20 UTC.

Item Type: Video
Uncontrolled Keywords: Time-Lapse Video, Noctilucent Cloud, NLC, Mesosphere, Mesopause, Comet, Star, Dawn
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Meteorology and Climatology
Space Sciences
Depositing User: Dr David Hooper
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 12:53
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 12:53
URI: http://cedadocs.ceda.ac.uk/id/eprint/1483

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