Rocket launches can create shiny clouds far from poles, study shows

Morning rocket launches can create a glow, and we’re not just talking about the liftoff event.

A new study links increased rocket launches to noctilucent clouds high in Earth’s atmosphere, bumping up the frequency of rare cloud-forming events that could occur naturally otherwise. (Noctilucent, or “night-shining”, describes thin and wispy blue-silver cloud streaks in the mesosphere.)

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