Rocket Trail imaged
by James Young from JPL Table
Mountain Observatory, California . ©James
shown with permission.
The exhaust trail, seen after sunset, is from a Vandenberg rocket. Winds
wound, twisted and contorted the trail.
Its upper part, "The Dove",
shines brightly as millions of tiny particles or droplets scatter
high altitude sunlight. Lower parts glow in ever deeping red, lit
by sunset rays dimmed and reddened by passage through the lower
Rocket trail particles often produce intense iridescent
The fainter banded colours seen here appear to originate from
the droplets in intervening lower
cloud lit from above by the bright trail.