What an amazing display of Noctilucent Clouds over Preston! Last night i was treated to some stunning displays of Noctiluncent Clouds over the Preston Docks. The patterns in the clouds reflected onto the water which was an added bonus. Noctilucent clouds, or night shining clouds are made up of particles of ice in the extreme upper atmosphere which are lit up by the sun after it has set. They are only visible during astronomical twilight. The clouds can sometimes form into amazing patterns that glow and light up the twilight sky.
They are most often observed during the summer months from latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. They are visible only during local summer months and when the sun is below the observer’s horizon,but while the clouds are still in sunlight.
I was lucky enough to capture this stunning display over the Preston Marina in Lancashire. As it started to get darker i noticed the clouds and could tell quite early on they could possibly be noctilucent clouds so i waited a little while and i wasn’t disappointed! I used a Canon 5D Mkiii with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens & settings of f/7.1 | ISO 100 | 24mm | 5.00s