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Dazzling noctilucent clouds spotted by Weather Watchers

10th June 2019 Last updated at 09:02

Look up to the sky on a clear summer night and you might be lucky enough to see these noctilucent clouds.

The beautiful rare clouds look like wispy cirrus clouds and are made from ice crystals. Their name noctilucent comes from the Latin "nocto" meaning night and "lucent" which means shining.

The clouds are usually pale blue but can sometimes appear red or green.

Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere but are too faint to be seen during the day. They are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon during twilight.

BBC Weather Watchers captured these clouds on Sunday evening into Monday morning.

Pale wispy clouds in a night sky
David Whinham/Weather Watchers
David photographed the beautiful display at Tyne Bridge
blue wispy clouds in a night sky
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This pretty display was seen from Haile, Cumbria, looking north across Egremont
Pale wispy clouds in a night sky
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The clouds glimmered brightly on the Isle of Man
Pale wispy clouds in a night sky
Jeff/Weather Watchers
A faint glow from noctilucent clouds in Stoke-on-Trent, spotted by Jeff
blue wispy clouds in a night sky
TerryMorris/Weather Watchers
Terry captured the clouds as they appeared in Harborne
blue wispy clouds in a night sky
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Patience paid off for Mike who said the clouds in Hexham, Northumberland, were "well worth waiting up for"
blue wispy clouds in a night sky
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Noctilucent clouds reflected in a car window in Paisley, Renfrewshire