A beautiful sonic boom

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Published on: 20 July 2010

In particular conditions the sound waves can become visible. This Atlas V launched from Kennedy Space Center at Feb. 11 2010, fly through a sun dog.

A sun dog is a prismatic bright spot in the sky caused by sun shining through ice crystals. The Atlas V rocket exceeded the speed of sound in this layer of ice crystals, making the shock wave visible from the ground.

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