Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A smoke angel!

Another day, another cool picture. It needs an explanation.

"What type of cloud is that? It is not a naturally occurring one. Looking perhaps a bit like a gigantic owl monster, the cloud pictured above resulted from a series of flares released by an air force jet over the Atlantic Ocean in May. The jet that released the flares, a C-17 Globemaster III, is seen on the right. The flares release smoke and the resulting pattern is sometimes known as a smoke angel. The circular eyes of the above smoke angel are caused by air spiraling off the plane's wings and are known as wingtip vortices."



Kasia said...

Great! I wish real clouds had shapes like that one! ;)

Alexander said...

It looks like two embryos with long hair and man o' war jellyfish tentacles for legs, facing each other and holding hands. But that's just my odd mind and the way it can see things :)