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EarthSky // Earth, Science Wire Release Date: Jul 03, 2014

Europe got a fabulous display of noctilucent clouds on July 3

This has been a wonderful year for seeing these electric-blue clouds that shine at night.

Hubert Drozdz caught the July 3, 2014 display of noctilucent clouds in Poland.

EarthSky Facebook friend Hubert Drozdz caught the display of noctilucent clouds in Poland. He said he saw them around 2 to 3 a.m. on July 4, 2014.

During the past two nights (July 2 and 3, 2014), skywatchers at northerly latitudes in Europe have reported seeing a wonderful displays of electric-blue noctilucent clouds, sometimes called night-shining clouds. The display last night was said to be especially good. These clouds are made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles left behind by meteors. They are seen only at high latitudes in either the N. or S. Hemisphere. This is the time of year to see them! Thanks for all who posted to EarthSky Facebook.

Spaceweather.com said:

The display on July 3rd appears to be the best of the year so far, and would seem to herald even more widespread sightings in the nights ahead, not only in Europe but also in North America.

Sightings on the night of July 3 came from Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, England and Belgium.

Another photo by Hubert Drozdz of the July 3 noctilucent clouds.

Another photo by Hubert Drozdz of the July 3-4 noctilucent clouds.

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The July 3 display of noctilucent clouds as seen by Danny Spring in Berwick Upon Tweed in England.

The July 3 display of noctilucent clouds as seen by Danny Spring in Berwick Upon Tweed in England.

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Read more: The secrets of night-shining clouds

Bottom line: Europe had a wonderful display of noctilucent clouds on July 2 and 3, 2014. The photos here are mostly from EarthSky friends on Facebook and Twitter.