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Photograph Explanation:
 
 
Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora. This wide angle image was taken 8 August 2012 while airborne at 35,000 feet. From this position near Churchill on Hudson Bay central Canada (near 61N, 090W) it would have been bright Arctic dawn only a month ago, and this sight would not have been seen at all. Bright aurora during twilight takes a bit of luck and I was extremely fortunate to have a bright horizon display of NLC at the same time, contrasting red, blue, and green. Both the planets Jupiter and Venus are visible, but the very bright spot is the Moon. Small motions in the airplane create varying star trails during the time exposure. Truly incredible sight! Photo: BrianWhittaker (.com) as seen on www.SpaceClouds.info.


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