Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Noctilucent clouds visible from the Isle of Man

Noctilucent clouds courtesy of James Brew Image copyright James Brew Photography
Image caption Noctilucent comes from Latin for "night shining," and these ethereal clouds can only be seen in summer after the sun has set

Noctilucent clouds, the highest in the earth's atmosphere, have been photographed from the west coast of the Isle of Man.

James Brew, from Andreas, snapped the clouds at about midnight above Peel Beach on Thursday.

Sightings of the rarefied clouds peak about 20 days after midsummer.

Mr Brew said: "I was greeted by this jaw dropping sky so I grabbed my camera and rushed out as quickly as I could."

Noctilucent clouds appear in the night sky between the end of May and start of August.

They appear 50 miles (89.5km) above the Earth in the mesosphere, right on the edge of space, and glow with a white-blue light.

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