Atmospheric optics

Arthur Few explains lightning activity at Chaiten volcano, Chile

In May 2008 the Chilean volcano Chaiten erupted spectacularly and exhibited remarkable lightning activity. Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured a few images showing unusual kelly-green lightning channels. In this briefing, lightning researcher Arthur Few explains the

December 12, 2013

Natural gas condensate leaking in Gulf of Mexico as operators lose control over the well

According to the report by US Coast Guard operators of natural gas and crude oil production platform in Gulf of Mexico, USA, lost control over one of the wells on July 9, 2013. Rainbow sheen is visible on the water surface and is estimated to be more than 6.5

July 10, 2013

Unusual cloud pattern over Brisbane

An unusual cloud pattern formed over Brisbane and southeast Queensland on August 9, 2012. According to Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher, this pattern represents a signal that the weather is about to turn cold, a harbinger of cooler weather. It’s a high

August 09, 2012

Red sprite captured from the International Space Station

“Red sprites” are short-lived, red flashes that occur about 80 kilometers (50 miles) up in the atmosphere. These electrical discharges can extend 20 to 30 kilometers up into the atmosphere and are connected to thunderstorms and lightning. Red sprites are difficult

July 11, 2012

Start of Noctilucent Clouds season

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) turn on every year in late spring, reaching almost full intensity over a period of no more than 5 to 10 days. These electric-blue ice clouds hang 85 km (53 miles ) above Earth's surface, at the edge of space itself, circling the north and

June 25, 2012

Fog blankets the Yellow Sea

The shallow Yellow Sea, which has a number of busy ports, usually sees 50 foggy days a year; some weather stations in the area have measured fog on up to 80 days. One of those days was March 28, 2012, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

April 08, 2012

Fabulous displays of northern lights after M8.7 solar flare

The anticipated geomagnetic storm caused by Monday’s M8.7 solar flare and Tuesday’s coronal mass ejection (CME) impact is over. The aurora watch has been cancelled today for all but the highest latitudes around the Arctic Circle but a dazzling display of aur

January 25, 2012

Atmospheric gravity waves over the Arabian Sea

On November 15, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite passed over the Arabian Sea and captured this true-color image of a large-scale, overlapping wave pattern. The wave pattern is not caused by ocean waves, however.

November 16, 2011

Iridescent clouds over Omaha

The beautifull iridescent clouds have seen on the morning of November 10th over Nebraska, US. University of Nebraska freshman Evan Ludes took few amazing pictures of iridescent cloud-colors over Omaha on the morning of Nov. 10th.Iridescent colors appear when

November 11, 2011

Red sprites high above Earth

High above Earth in the realm of meteors and noctilucent clouds, a strange and beautiful form of lightning dances at the edge of space. Researchers call the bolts "sprites"; they are red, fleeting, and tend to come in bunches. Martin Popek of Nýdek in the Czech

August 28, 2011

Giant plasma bubble seen over Beijing

Astronomers in Beijing can’t quite put their finger on the composition or origin of a giant, expanding bubble that appeared Saturday in thee night sky at around 9 p.m. China time. The glowing cloud was seen in several Chinese cities and officials believe it was the

August 27, 2011

Gigantic jets of lightning in Earth’s upper atmosphere puzzle scientists

Mysterious and gigantic jets of lightning that shoot up to near the edge of space have now been observed in unprecedented detail, revealing just how much charge they pack and how they form.More than 50 miles (80 kilometers) above Earth's surface, extreme ultraviolet

July 26, 2011

Mysterious mammatus clouds over Minnesota

On May 10th, a severe storm captured national attention when it dumped golf-ball-sized hail on a Minnesota Twins baseball game. "I missed the hail," reports John Rogers of New Hope, Minnesota, "but I got a nice view of the clouds that formed after the

May 13, 2011

Spectacular cloud iridescence seen above Himalaya

Daily Mail brings a story about Oleg Bartunov, 51, who caught the optical spectacle on camera during a Himalayas expedition in Nepal. His two images show almost the whole spectrum of the rainbow in a natural event rarely recorded at Mount Everest. The phenomenon

March 18, 2011

Halo phenomena appears around sun seen in Ghana

Ghanaians were held spellbound when the halo phenomenon emerged in the skies late Wednesday morning. Hundreds of people stepped out of their offices to take pictures of the celestial wonders. Onlookers believed it was signs of the last days.However, meteorologists

March 09, 2011

The scientists are puzzled with phenomenon of "Two Suns"

Over 80% of all solar systems have multiple suns, so is it possible that we live in a binary solar system with two suns as well? Recent discoveries point to the existence of an old brown dwarf. Our solar system is surrounded by a vast collection of icy bodies called

March 06, 2011