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The "Sent" -option retrieves observations submitted to the Skywarden during the selected time period, regardless of when those phenomena were seen in the sky.
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You can choose to show only phenomena of the desired level of visibility in the search results. For example, "at least III" removes the phenomena classified as the weakest (I-II). Similarly, "at least V" removes from the results all but the relatively rare phenomena or those classified as very impressive (V).
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The given text will bee searched from observation titles,descriptions, technical details and identified phenomena
You can search for any persons observations by writing the observer's whole name or part of the name here. For example 'John Smith' or 'John S'
You can also performa a search based on asspciation/team name or part of the name, like "Lahden Ursa".The search will bring up observations, that exactly match the given string.
To find observations made in some specific location, type the municipality name to the search field. For example, "Mikkeli"
You can also list multiple locations by separating them with a comma.For example "Mikkeli, Hirvensalmi, Juva, Kangasniemi". In this case, the search will return findings that match the locations listed.
In this field, you can search for more detailed phenomenon identifiers included in the observation details.
Such are, for example, deep space object types such as "spiral galaxy" or "reflection nebula" or halo forms such as "sundog" or "sun pillar".
You can also list multiple types of phenomena by separating them with a comma. A search will bring up findings that match one or more of the terms you listed.
By narrowing down the search date limits and typing, for example, "northern lights", you can see all the northern lights seen within a certain time period.
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Visibility III / V
Clouds of color were visible around the bright sun.
Kirkkaan auringon ympärillä näkyi väripilviä.
Iridescent clouds are clouds colored in the colors of spectra in the vicinity of a light source. The phenomenon is very common.
Like a corona, a clouds of color are formed when light is scattered in small water droplets. Fineest colors are seen in cirrocumulus and altocumulus lenticularis-type clouds. The more mundane-looking color clouds, on the other hand, are lower clouds.
Like coronae, color clouds usually occur only very close to the Sun. Their colors are more clearly visible through sunglasses.
The word "iridescent clouds", clouds with colors, may sound the same as any colored cloud that exists. However clouds colored reddish by morning or evening dusk are not the same thing. The ridescent clouds specifically show the full color of spectrum. The iridescent clouds are not a synonym for the also colorful mother-of-pearl -clouds. These polar stratospheric clouds are a different phenomenon that occurs and very low winter temperatures hight in the atmosphere.
Cloud iridescence on altocumulus lentocularis. Photo by Panu Lahtinen.
Colors of spectrum on an altocumulus cloud. Image by Matti Helin.
Iridescent Stratocumulus cloud. Photo by Panu Lahtinen.
Sometimes it may be difficult to determine, if the colors on the cloud belong to a corona or cloud irridescence. This one could be marked with either one or both of the phenomena identifications. Image by Marko Myllyniemi.
Corona (of the sun) is a colored ring or series of rings visible in the immediate vicinity of the light source. It can appear in both clouds and fog.
Coronae are formed in very small drops of water. The size of the droplets affects the size of the corona ring. The smaller the droplets on average, the larger the circle is.
With the water droplets being about the same size as each other, a series of strongly colored corona rings can be seen in the sky. When the droplet size is wide, only one ring with faint colors is visible.
A corona can also be formed by small ice crystals in the upper clouds, but such coronas are very faint.
The corona phenomena identification in Skywatch is intended for different kinds of corona rings that appear around the Sun. The coronae of the moon and planets have their own phenomena identification selections.
Unlike halo rings, which are located apart from the Sun or the Moon, the perimeters form a uniform field of light in the immediate vicinity of the celestial body.
Corona. Image by Ismo Luukkonen.
Corona in the morning mist. Photo by Iida Pennanen.
The distortion of the corona is caused by changing droplet sizes in the cloud. Imabe by Eetu Saarti.
A solar corona on a thick cloud. The lack of colors and suble changes in shades is hinting about wide range of droplets in different sizes. Photo by Marko Riikonen
Feeble vaque corona. Image by Matias Takala.
If the size of the droplets changes drasticly, the corona may appear strongly distorted. Photo by Aki Taavitsainen.
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