noctilucent clouds

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Type of clouds, occurring at 80–85 km altitude, near the upper limit of the stratosphere, characterized by a blue to yellow hue, and similar in appearance to cirrostratus. The clouds are seen on summer nights at latitudes between about 50° and 65° in both northern and southern hemispheres; they move rapidly, at speeds up to 300 knots, often in a wave formation.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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