Glowing Nighttime Clouds Possibly Produced by Rockets

Space launches, specifically morning space launches, are causing spectacular shining clouds to appear in new places, according to recent research published in the journal Advancing Earth and Space Science. Some 50 miles (80 kilometers) above the ground float the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere. Called noctilucentmesospheric, or polar mesospheric clouds, these aggregations of crystalized …

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