Saturday, August 4, 2007

Rocket Vapor Trail

The view from our home early this morning! Bruce went out to get the paper about 5:20 this morning & hollered for me to bring the camera. I'm so glad he did! I wish my photography skills were better. I used the night time setting on the camera, so this is lighter than it really was. Here is what meterologist Jim Clarke has to say about what we saw in the early morning pre dawn sky:

What Is That In The Sky? Early Saturday morning, emails and phone calls were received wondering what was being seen in the sky. About 30 minutes before sunrise the night sky revealed a beautiful and unusual display. The clouds were actually vapor that was emitted from an unmanned rocket launched by NASA at 5:26 EST that was heading to Mars. The clouds, which were 300,000 feet up in the sky, were then illuminated by the sunlight just below the horizon. This atmospheric phenomenon is known as called noctilucent clouds which roughly means “night shining” in Latin. Noctilucent clouds are most commonly seen during the summer months between 50 and 70 degrees north and south of the equator.
How cool is that?????

1 comment:

Lavender Rose said... that's what you were talking about! That's really interesting!