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Sunday, June 9, 2013

NASA: “Clouds Behaving Strangely”

Chris Carrington

Noctilucent clouds, clouds that can only be seen when the Sun is below the horizon, are behaving differently this year according to NASA. The clouds, which are the highest in altitude of all the clouds are normally very faint, often too faint to be seen with the naked eye, but they become visible when illuminated by sunlight shining up from below the horizon. Their appearance earlier in the year than usual may hint that there are changes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere. You can read a very full explanation of the phenomenon here.

Today's sunspot number is 76. Sunspot AR1765 has the energy for M-Class flares and NOAA estimate the chances of an M-Class at 15% over the next 24 hours and of an X-Class at 0.1% over the same period.

There are two coronal holes on the Earth side of the Sun and the winds blowing from them will hit on June 9-10th and will give rise to auroras at high latitudes.

A robotic spaceship called Albert Einstein was launched on June 5th taking cargo to the international space station. It was launched by the European Space Agency and will dock with the space station on June 15th.

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. Wake the flock up!

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