We spotted this cool image at the great website Spaceweather.com on Thanksgiving weekend (November 27-30, 2014). The photo shows that NASA’s AIM spacecraft detected noctilucent clouds – sometimes called night-shining clouds – over Antarctica this November. That’s right on schedule. It’s summertime in the Southern Hemisphere now, and these clouds are typically seen at high latitudes in the summer. Their apparition marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 season in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere for these silver-blue clouds.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.