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Our realtime photo gallery server has experienced a serious hardware failure. The gallery contains years of unique photos, preserving a record of noctilucent clouds, auroras, and many other phenomena. The good news: all of those images have been preserved. The bad news: Fixing the problem will take a few more days as we carefully migrate the gallery to a more capable platform, modernizing code in the process.

Much of our site functionality should be back within the next 24 hours.

In the meantime, if you have an image to share with readers of, please email it directly to Dr. Tony Phillips. Don't forget to include the time and location of the image + commentary about what you saw.