Contrail from the Sun

April 05, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Mike Cavanaugh, City of Spokane
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Mike Cavanaugh

The startling contrail shown above was taken from Spokane, Washington just before sunrise (about 6:30 a.m. local time) on February 17, 2005. It almost appears that this lone jet is iron hot after departing from the Sun's vicinity and is leaving behind a scorching condensation trail (contrail). The lower half of the sky is filled with cirrus and cirro-stratus clouds, which like the crimson contrail, reflect the reddened Sun -- still below the horizon to Earth-bound observers.

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