Ripping over Marina Green

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    The water vapor was very cool, too bad I had a crummy lens on.

    Edit: See Contrail Creation #2 on Wikipedia for a discussion of this effect: "The wings of an airplane cause a drop in air pressure in the vicinity of the wing (this is partly what allows a plane to fly). This drop in air pressure brings with it a drop in temperature, which can cause water to condense out of the air and form a contrail but only at higher altitudes. At lower altitudes, this phenomenon is also known as Ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is more commonly seen during high energy manouvers like those of a fighter jet, or on jet liners during takeoff and landing, at areas of very low pressure, including over the wings, and often around turbo-fan intakes on takeoff."

    Jef Poskanzer, John Martinez, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. richardcclark 92 months ago | reply

      Well I might as well just delete my Blue Angels shots, this is clearly the winner.

    2. Jef Poskanzer 92 months ago | reply

      Excellent. I saw this effect a couple times but didn't even come close to capturing it.

    3. John Martinez 92 months ago | reply

      Yeah, at least somebody caught it! Good job! I was changing my darned CF card when they did this one! D'oh!

    4. J R Webb 92 months ago | reply

      I rarely bother to stop when browsing Explore..but I had to see this one larger. Fantastic!!

    5. aefitzhugh 92 months ago | reply

      I was curious why we only saw this effect once, I believe, in all the fly-bys, so I checked out Wikipedia for some info (added to the description). Looks like we were treated to a "high energy manouver" :-).

      GlenC was fortunate to catch it too:

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