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Breathtaking timelapse of rare noctilucent clouds

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, August 19, 2013, 7:57 AM -

Talk about photographer's luck!

Nightsky shooter Maciej Winiarczyk shot this awesome timelapse of rare noctilucent clouds in the Scottish county of Caithness earlier this month.

It's about as far north in mainland Great Britain as you can go - probably the best place in the UK to view the northern lights, which join forces with the shimmering clouds at around the 1:20 mark, accompanied by a moving soundtrack by composer Jolanta Galka-Kurkowska.

Noctilucent clouds, ice crystals that reflect sunlight, are the highest clouds in Earth's atmosphere. NASA -- which loved Winiarczyk's video enough to declare it the Astronomy Picture of the Day -- says some of the shimmering cloud formations are related to meteor trails, but the cause of other noctilucent formations are still being researched.

You can check out more cool nightsky timelapses, like the one below, over at Winiarczyk's Youtube channel:

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