Update with extra pictures: Luminous summer clouds light up the Tackley sky at night

The noctilucent clouds captured by Mary Spicer

The noctilucent clouds captured by Mary Spicer

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RARE ethereal-looking clouds were spotted in the county’s skies.

This picture of the noctilucent clouds (NLCs) – sometimes called “night shining clouds” – was taken on Sunday night by amateur astronomer Mary Spicer from her bedroom window in Tackley.

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The stunning displays can only be seen during a short six- or seven-week window during the summer months.

NLCs are only visible for about an hour after sunset in the north-western sky, or before sunrise in the north-eastern sky.

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Mrs Spicer, 41, below, has been interested in astronomy from a young age and now writes voluntarily for an astronomy magazine.

She said: “This is only a phenomenon during the summer months and they are really tricky to spot.

“They are completely different clouds to any other. They are really high up in the atmosphere, up at the heights where the Northern Lights happen.

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“They were just wonderful to see. I saw on Twitter that it might be visible from Oxfordshire and I was just hanging out of my window waiting for them.

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“The pictures are amazing and I have never seen a display like that before.”

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6:43pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BicesterBod says...

Stunning. I've never seen these clouds for real, but lovely to see these photos.
Stunning. I've never seen these clouds for real, but lovely to see these photos. BicesterBod
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