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Edvard Munch and Nacreous Clouds

Did Edvard Munch paint nacreous clouds? The hypothesis was put forward by Norwegian scientists at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna this spring (2017.) The long-held assumption is that the vividly colored sky in The Scream (1893) is … Continue reading

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International Cloud Atlas

Cloud of the Day – International Cloud Atlas The International Cloud Atlas has recently published a new edition, the first in thirty years. The 2017 edition is only the fifth one, with the first coming out in 1939, so it’s … Continue reading

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Microsculpture – The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

Levon Biss is a successful commercial photographer. His work has been used in advertising, on magazines and in a book about soccer. Now he has an exhibition of his images of insects, showing the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s … Continue reading

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Diamond Dust

Cloud of the Day – Diamond Dust It is really hard to find good pictures of diamond dust, so I’m going to have to just describe it to you. Diamond dust is a colloquial name given to ice crystals when … Continue reading

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Some Women See a Hundred Million Colors

An unknown percentage of women can see a hundred times as many colors as the rest of us.  While normal humans have three types of cones in their eyes for perceiving the three primary colors — red, green and blue … Continue reading

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Glory – An Optical Meteorological Phenomenon

Cloud of the Day – Glory Glory is an optical phenomenon which has become much more commonly observed since the rise of widespread flight. Glory is seen in clouds or mist when the Sun (or rarely the Moon) is directly … Continue reading

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