Rare nacreous clouds over Murmansk

This morning, the sky of Murmansk was colored by rare nacreous clouds.

These awesome polar stratospheric clouds look like giant iridescent anticrepuscular rays.

Look at these amazing pictures by Vitaly Makarov

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by Vitaly Makarov

Residents of Murmansk, Russia were lucky enough to wake up and discover rare nacreous floating at sunrise on January 27, 2016.

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by Vitaly Makarov

They look like anticrepuscular rays but as you can see they formed much higher than the tropospheric clouds.

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by Vitaly Makarov

According to photographer Vitaly Makarov, this is the best polar stratospheric cloud event over Murmansk since 2008.

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by Vitaly Makarov

These polar stratospheric clouds are incredibly bright with vivid and slowly shifting iridescent colours.

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by Vitaly Makarov

The majestic clouds stand in almost the same place in the very frigid regions of the lower stratosphere – 15 – 25 km (9 -16 mile) high.

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by Vitaly Makarov

Nacreous clouds, also called mother-of-pearl clouds, are rare but once seen are never forgotten.

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by Vitaly Makarov

In this case, it’s totally true! Do you remember the polar stratospheric clouds’ outbreak of December 2015?

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