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Noctilucent clouds and waterlilies
Finland

The red band in the very edge of the visible noctilucent cloud is caused by optical absorption in the athmosphere and to some extent the ozone layer (the Sun shines thru the ozone into the cloud since ozone layer is under the noctilucent cloud in the athmosphere). Basically it's the Earth casting its shadow to the cloud.

There's a 1988 paper titled "The coloured edge of noctilucent clouds" that goes into further detail on the phenomenon.

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Copyright: Janne
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11000x5500
Taken: 31/07/2011
Uploaded: 09/08/2011
Updated: 21/03/2015
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Tags: nlc; noctilucent clouds; night; summer; sky; clouds; nature; waterlilies; lake; water
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