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.