VIDEO: Rare rainbow clouds spotted over Merseyside

These rare stunning rainbow clouds that are usually seen across Scandinavia, Iceland, Alaska and Northern Canada were spotted over Merseyside this evening.

The rainbow clouds, also known as nacreous clouds are clouds in the winter polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters.

One of our regular contributors Kirsty Bakstad sent us the stunning video above of the nacreous clouds.

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The stratosphere rarely allows clouds to form, but in the extreme cold of the polar winter, stratospheric clouds of different types may form.

Due to their high altitude and the curvature of the surface of the Earth, these clouds will receive sunlight from below the horizon and reflect it to the ground, shining brightly well before dawn or after dusk.

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