This was the first launch of a rocket [when it was dark] since we moved here 2.5 months ago. We thought it would be a “nothing burger”, but it turned out to be very exciting and quite impressive.
The phenomenon, referred to by experts as a “space jellyfish,” is the illumination of sun ray’s striking leftover launch particles, according to a report by WFLA.
For the space jelly’s flight to be visible, a launch must take place near the time of sunrise, or during the twilight hours as the sun’s rays enter the upper atmosphere at a horizontal angle, WFLA reported. The sunlight interacts with ice particles left behind in the rocket’s contrail and create a a bluish-illuminating effect over the clouds referred to as “noctilucent clouds.”
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