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Photograph Explanation:
Noctilucent Cloud? No, this is a noctilucent Persistent Meteor Train. It is meteor smoke visible as afterglow which feeds and creates future NLC by supplying condensation nuclei for the clouds to form. This image was taken 11 July 2012 while airborne at 32,000 feet over the far-East Asia, some 20 minutes after the meteor itself. A coincidence of timing allowed my to observe the entire phenomena for over an hour to my amazement! For an individual, statistically I am unlikely to ever see one like this again, but I eagerly await such a future encounter. An incredible sight! Photo: BrianWhittaker (.com) as seen on www.SpaceClouds.info.

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