Astronomy Picture of the Day (Unofficial)

Astronomy Picture of the Day for 2018-07-07 12:30:01.981135

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2018 July 7
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A Northern Summer's Night
Image Credit & License: Ruslan Merzlyakov (RMS Photography)

Explanation: Near a summer's midnight a mist haunts the river bank in this dreamlike skyscape taken on July 3rd from northern Denmark. Reddened light from the Sun a little below the horizon gives an eerie tint to low hanging clouds. Formed near the edge of space, the silvery apparitions above them are noctilucent or night shining clouds. The icy condensations on meteoric dust or volcanic ash are still in full sunlight at the extreme altitudes of the mesophere. Usually seen at high latitudes in summer months, wide spread displays of the noctilucent clouds are now being reported.

Tomorrow's picture: stellar pinwheel