Minor Polar Stratospheric Clouds   31049
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1 Håvenuten, 12 km
2 Tarjelsberg, 5 km
3 Nisser
4 Hægefjell 1011 m, 8,7 km
5 Brennstøylnuten, 8,6 km
6 Vrådal Skicenter
7 Stemnetten


Location: Vrådal (310 m)      by: Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen
Area: Norway      Date: 2020-02-12, 17:12
Here on PP northern specialities like auroras and NLC's have been showed regularly, but I can't remember seeing Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSC's), so here is a modest show for a start. Here in Scandinavia they are commonly known as "mother-of-pearl-clouds", and they are rather uncommon. They are made extremely high in the atmosphere, at 15-30000m, and are only visible during civil twilight. As can perhaps be seen, they are above one of the plane exhaust contrails on the pano.

Driving home one afternoon from skiing, I saw them coming on the sky, and made a short detour as high as possible to get them in a pano. I hope we can one day see bigger shows here on PP...

Pano made from 9 pics (RAW), 70-200@70mm, f/5,6, 1/200 sec, iso-320, developed in DPP (cloudy, neutral, moderate sharpness), stitched in PTgui pro, scale and sharpness in Irfanview.


For me as a lowlander (the Netherlands) an impressive pano.
2020/03/02 11:31 , Arjan Veldhuis
Really an interesting phenomenon and great panorama - thanks for "hunting" ;-) and opening a new topic, Jan !!!

Cheers, Hans-Jörg
2020/03/02 15:23 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
This would be a highly presentable sky even without the extraordinary phenomenon. Cheers, Martin
2020/03/02 20:33 , Martin Kraus

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