Noctilucent Clouds over Galway City
Noctilucent Clouds. We are in the the season of visibility for these ethereal high altitude clouds, visible when the sky is nearly totally dark, as they lie well above the height of ordinary clouds. They are thought to be connected with high altitude fine debris from meteors which have burned up high in our atmosphere. Night clouds or Noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the "ragged-edge" of a much brighter than normal cloud and visible well after sunset during the short Summer night in deep twilight.
They are made of crystals of water ice. The name means roughly night shining in latin. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator, Galway at 53° north. They can only be observed when the Sun is below the horizon.
They are the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere, located in the mesoshere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 km (47 to 53 miles). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth's shadow. The 2014 season has already begun and included here is a photo by Rysard Lomnik on June 16th 2014 looking towards Galway City from Kinvara. Look low in the Northern sky near local midnight. See the NCL Forum here at http://ed-co.net/nlcnet/nlc-forum
Ballinskelligs Astro Camp
A group of Amateur Astronomers from clubs in Ireland will be heading to Europe's only Gold Tier Dark Sky site in South Kerry... The dates have been finally agreed on and they are Aug 22nd-24th.. They will be meeting up and staying at Skellig Lodge in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry from 7.30pm on Friday 22nd. This will be a free event designed totally around observing with some observing workshops.
You will have to pay for you own accommodation. All those interested in this event are more than welcome. The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is located in the South West coast of Ireland in what is called an ISTHMUS - a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas, usually with water on either side. The Reserve is protected by the Kerry Mountains and Hills on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. For further information see HERE and at http://kerrydarksky.com/index.html and HERE
If you have any queries regarding the Club call the chairperson; Ronan Newman at 0868434003