Monday, July 09, 2007

Mysterious Clouds Creeping Out of the Arctic

A new NASA satellite has recorded the first detailed images from space of a mysterious type of cloud called "night-shining" or "noctilucent."

The clouds are on the move, brightening and creeping out of polar regions, and researchers don't know why.

"It is clear that these clouds are changing, a sign that a part of our atmosphere is changing and we do not understand how, why or what it means," said atmospheric scientists James Russell III of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

(Via Technoccult.)

Thanks, James. We all feel a whole lot better now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"...and creeping out of polar regions..."

Huh. Didn't know clouds were capable of creeping. How H. P. Lovecraftian.
Well, at least the article's author didn't use the word "slithering."

I have no desire for noctilucent, evanescent aerial Cthulus, thank you.