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Mastodontic clouds. Observing the Universe

Mastodontic clouds. Observing the Universe

Looking at the sky does not always guarantee that we see the space. Sometimes there are clouds that annoy, but these are a spectacle.

This curious image picks up a sky covered with mastodonic clouds, also called mammatus clouds. The photo was taken by Craig Lindsay in the summer of 2012 in the town of Regina, in the Saskatchewan region, in Canada. The photograph shows us a sky covered with clouds in the form of a bubble, but why?

It is mastodontic clouds or mammatus. It is normal for the lower part of the clouds to be flat, since hot humid air rises, cools and condenses into drops of water at a specific temperature. As the drops grow, clouds form.

Under special conditions, cloud bags containing large drops of water or ice can be developed, which evaporate as they fall. This kind of bags can occur in the turbulent air that surrounds a storm, giving rise to the mastodontic clouds. Mammatus clouds are especially striking when the sun illuminates them laterally.

The color of the Mastodontic clouds is usually blue-gray, the same color as that of the host cloud, which has been directly illuminated by the sun. But other mammatus clouds offer a coloration that goes from red to a golden hue. These types of clouds can remain in the sky for several minutes to hours, but at this time they fade to disappear.

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