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(BBC)   Rare noctilucent clouds and aurora borealis combo captured on film in the north of Scotland - or the oncoming apocalypse/rapture/end of the world of your choice. Either way it needs a spliff   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 24
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2013-08-21 05:47:21 PM
www.theartsdesk.com
 
2013-08-21 08:51:44 PM
Are these time lapse video, or are they really that fast? I've never seen them in real life.
 
2013-08-21 08:56:15 PM
Haggis farts.
 
2013-08-21 10:08:19 PM
Beautiful and eerie. I've seen the Northern Lights before but not like that.

kimwim: Are these time lapse video, or are they really that fast? I've never seen them in real life.


It's a time lapse video.
 
2013-08-21 10:53:10 PM

Sliding Carp: [www.theartsdesk.com image 800x452]


Is that the dude from the beginning of Ghostbusters? Who Venkman keeps shocking?
 
2013-08-21 11:00:06 PM
It's both beautiful and vaguely apocalyptic, too. The magnetic north pole has been shifting and weakening as Earth's magnetic field shifts and weakens, and there's a potential for a magnetic pole reversal sometime soon. Or not. We really don't know for sure what the current fluctuations mean, other than that the north magnetic pole is moving and regions of unusual polarity are building.

As for noctilucent clouds, the mesosphere is cooling, which allows for them to form in the first place. The mesosphere cools when the troposphere warms due to reduced outward infrared flux, which happens when there are higher greenhouse gas emissions. The only alternative theory is that methane emissions are leading to an uptick in noctilucent clouds, but the mechanism for that model is suspect.

So, yeah. beautiful and also a sign of potentially bad, bad things.
 
2013-08-21 11:07:59 PM
I hadn't realized Nightvale was in Scotland.
 
2013-08-21 11:09:59 PM
Wow, much cooler and clearer than I expected.

Got to see the northern lights once near the Montana/Canadian border.
 
2013-08-21 11:20:35 PM
Subby should be ashamed for linking linking to BBC's article with a crappy video.

Here's the hires video at NASA Astronomy Pic of the Day.
 
2013-08-21 11:28:53 PM

PizzaJedi81: Sliding Carp: [www.theartsdesk.com image 800x452]

Is that the dude from the beginning of Ghostbusters? Who Venkman keeps shocking?


No, but he was Karen Allen's boyfriend in Animal House.
 
2013-08-21 11:42:15 PM
Not captured on film in this day and age.
 
2013-08-22 12:12:51 AM
That's not  noctilucent clouds. It's the mothership's cloaking device failing.
 
2013-08-22 01:05:14 AM
 
2013-08-22 01:39:18 AM
csb

I saw the aurora from OKC last summer.

/csb
 
2013-08-22 04:26:33 AM

Kellyx3's Hubby: That's not  noctilucent clouds. It's the mothership's cloaking device failing.


2.bp.blogspot.com

It's all good, baby. You can pull all that shiat off. I ain't too picky
 
2013-08-22 05:07:56 AM
Sliding Carp:(Local Hero screencap)

Came here for this. Thanks. :)

"It just went red all over!"
 
2013-08-22 06:47:10 AM
Aurora borealis comes in view.


/Aurora comes in view.
 
2013-08-22 06:53:04 AM
neat
 
2013-08-22 06:58:11 AM
preview.turbosquid.com
 
2013-08-22 07:35:28 AM
Macieji Winiarczyk

No true Scotsman?
 
2013-08-22 08:30:17 AM
At one point, I expected to see THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE keyed over the video.
 
2013-08-22 11:45:03 AM
And if it's not Scottish, It's CRAP!
 
2013-08-22 01:42:30 PM

Bindyree: Sliding Carp:(Local Hero screencap)

Came here for this. Thanks. :)

"It just went red all over!"


Also:
i43.photobucket.com

You say the darndest things, Marina
 
2013-08-22 04:57:12 PM
FTFA: "Noctilucent is the Cloud Appreciation Society's cloud of the month for August."

why did this make me laugh?
 
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