Glowing "Meteor Smoke" Clouds Appear Over Antarctica

NASA reports that rare, electric blue noctilucent clouds have reappeared over the South Pole, where the clouds are often spotted for five to ten days every year. NASA calls the clouds "a great geophysical light bulb" that are visible during the darkest nights. Read More >>

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Antarctica Looks Like a Mystical Land Shrouded in Lenticular Cloud

This might look like result of some pro-level CGI, or perhaps even a glimpse into your imagination, but in fact it's a photograph taken in Antarctica just this last week. Read More >>

I Can't Believe This Alien Orange Bubble Sky Actually Happened on Earth

The sky is blue! Only when it's not grey. Or purple. Or red. Or orange. The clouds are white! Only when they're not grey. Or even darker than that. Basically, the clouds and sky can be anything. But can the sky be a creamsicle orange bubbly thing that looks like we're on an alien planet? Apparently so. Read More >>

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This Is What Gravity Looks Like

You can't see gravity, right? It's just an invisible, natural force of attraction, created by mass, yeah? Well, almost — but in this image you can see its effects in still and breathtaking glory. Read More >>

These Beautiful Iridescent Clouds Are Actually Foreboding

It used to be that you could only see these shimmering cloud formations, called noctilucent clouds, if you were in the North or South Pole. But lately they've been on the move, and though they're pretty to look at, their presence away from the Poles may be sign of climate change. Read More >>

Computers See Faces in the Clouds, Just Like You

Humans are all about pattern recognition: we want — and maybe need? — to believe that there's order and meaning behind everything we see and do in life. The future is divined in teacups, superstitions are put on random objects, and — of course — we see ourselves in everything around us. Like the sky. Read More >>

How Clouds Work: The Most Complicated Problem in Climate Change

Predicting how Earth's climate will change in the coming years is a deeply important task for science. It also seems fairly fundamental—they're just clouds! Thing is, cloud dynamics are incredibly problematic, to the point of being unknowable in some instances. Read More >>

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So This Is How They Make Clouds, Hmmm?

A cloud factory! If I ever have a kid, I would show him this photo when he asks about how clouds are made.* I mean, it'd be technically true, right? That's evaporated water, after all. Read More >>

Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

Yesterday, atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, artist and architect Tomas Saraceno debuted his most recent work: Cloud City. A spectacular sculptural constellation, Cloud City is a mirrored fun house of geodesic pods, open to the public, with a number of prime vantage points for taking in the expansive Manhattan skyline and greenery of Central Park. Read More >>

Hey, You! Back Up Your Cloud

Keeping all your data in the Cloud is convenient and seemingly hassle-free -- you just sign up and off you go, accessing your pics, emails and documents on whatever PC, Mac or mobile device you have to hand. This ease comes with a downside though. By placing all your digital eggs in an online basket you are trusting a third party to look after everything for you. Sure, Google might not be all that evil , but what about this time next year? Are you sure you can trust that Flickr won't get hacked and spill your private pics all over the web, or just decide to block you from getting at them when the money runs out? Unlikely, but still possible. Read More >>

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How To Make Convincing Fly-Thru Cloud Footage Using Just Four Still Photos

If you're trying to create a dreamy flying-through-the-clouds sequence without renting a plane, helicopter, or even a special effects cloud tank, Jeff Farmer has a solution. All you need is a copy of Photoshop, Motion, four cloud stills photographed from the ground, and a heck of a lot of skill. Read More >>

Tubular Roll Clouds Look Like a Toppled Tornado

This photo of a rolling arcus cloud was taken on a ship off the coast of Brazil. While it looks menacing enough to fuel another 2012 end-of-the-world conspiracy, it's also downright breathtaking. Read More >>


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