Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

On a daily basis NASA releases a different image or photo (sometimes a video) of our expanding universe, along with a professional explanation written by an astronomer. They call it “Astronomy Picture Of The Day, (APOD). Today it was this fantastic image “Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds.”

Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds
Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds , Copyright Adrien Mauduit

“Luminous skies after the near-solstice sunset on June 17 are reflected in this calm lake. The tranquil twilight scene was captured near Bashaw, Alberta, Canada, northern planet Earth. Usually spotted at high latitudes in summer months, night shining or noctilucent clouds hang just above the horizon, transfusing light into a darker sky. Formed near the edge of space, the icy apparitions are condensations on meteoric dust or volcanic ash still in sunlight at extreme altitudes. Also near the edge of space on this short northern night, solar activity triggered the lovely apparition of aurora borealis or northern lights. Solstice Today: 10:07 UTC”