Rare noctilucent clouds appear in Southwest Florida after SpaceX launch

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A rare occurrence has appeared in the Southwest Florida skies, as noctilucent clouds have appeared following the Starlink satellite launch from SpaceX.

According to the Weather Authority Meteorologist Juliana Mejia, the early Wednesday morning launch created noctilucent, or “night-shining,” clouds visible from water vapor.

These very rare clouds generally form 200,000 feet up in the atmosphere in the Mesosphere and are made up of ice crystals. 

They shine in the night sky because they reflect sunlight due to their high altitude.

If you have any pictures of this rare formation of clouds, please send them our WINK News tips.

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