April 5th, 2005


Earth Science Picture of the Day: Contrail from the Sun_

Today's Earth Science Picture of the Day.


Contrail from the Sun
Earth Science Picture of the Day for April 5, 2005

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.