Stroud Sports Clinic | Stroud Times

Why the sky was purple over Nailsworth last night


Like a movie scene from War of Worlds, Jo Regan captured this ‘apocalyptic’ pink cloud over Forest Green last night.

Many in Nailsworth stood back open-mouthed as the purple sky covered the top of the hill near Forest Green Rovers.

One resident said: “I was driving down the Nailsworth W and thought it was a fire at first, but I was amazed as I reached the top of Forest Green to see such a spectacular sight.”

408109881 10159449762456196 6442495382316565423 n | Why the sky was purple over Nailsworth last night
Purple sky Pic: Jo Regan

Jo, who photographed these stunning images, said: “An interesting sky tonight. My app says not Northern Lights, but sure is pretty though.”

The sky gets its colouring thanks to a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. This means that when wavenlengths of light come into contact with particles — even tiny, microscopic ones — in the atmosphere, they scatter in different directions. This scattering effectively spreads the light. If the light has a visible colour, that colour then becomes more noticeable.

Latest News

It is a national scandal, insists Dr Simon Opher

Dr Simon Opher, Dursley GP and Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Stroud, has raised serious concerns about the plight of the district's leaseholders. 
Skip to content