Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Veins of Heaven
Posted on 07/31/2014 10:53:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Transfusing sunlight through a still dark sky, this exceptional display of noctilucent clouds was captured earlier this month above the island of Gotland, Sweden. From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds reflect sunlight even though the Sun itself is below the horizon as seen from the ground. Usually spotted at high latitudes in summer months the night shining clouds made a strong showing this July. Also known as polar mesopheric clouds they are understood to form as water vapor driven into the cold upper atmosphere condenses on the fine dust particles supplied by disintegrating meteors or volcanic ash. NASA's AIM mission provides daily projections of noctilucent clouds as seen from space.
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[Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN)]
If that pictures was taken just after sunrise they would be Homer’s “Rosy Fingers.”
“Rhododactylos Eos” ... that’s in Thin Red Line, “We read Homer at the Point, in Greek.”