This sky creature is a man-made effect

A Russian rocket creates a strange and interesting pattern in the sky leading to an impressive photo.

Jellyfish in the sky was a high-flying rocket plume – space – 10 July 2014 – New Scientist.

Soon after launch on the morning of Tuesday 8 July, clear weather at the Russian space base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, allowed photographer Anatoly Zak to capture the remarkable pattern on camera.

According to Jonathan McDowell at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this is just one of many spectacular formations this kind of rocket can make as the core-stage rocket plume balloons out in the thin air high in the atmosphere. The cross at the top of the formation was made by the Soyuz’s four boosters.

Photo credit: Roskosmos

Photo credit: Roskosmos

Pretty cool. Wonder if this picture will surface with alternative “explanations”.

Rockets often make unusual trails in the sky and account for claims that something unknown is up there. It’s important to put these stories out to show that they have natural explanations and it’s hard to say something is “alien” or “mysterious” when there are so many things flying through our skies these days.

The “jellyfish” label is not to be confused with “jellyfish-like” UFOs (which can be weather balloons or some textile floating up there. Or, with skyfish – the “rods” phenomena which is a video artifact from insects flying by.

From 2009: Norway spiral: A rocket scientist explains the mystery – CSMonitor.com.

Strange sky event in China was European rocket launch | Doubtful News.

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  6 comments for “This sky creature is a man-made effect

  1. Perry
    July 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Looks like space sperm to me. http://www.themarysue.com/hubble-space-sperm/

    • Angela
      July 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one thinking that…..

  2. OnlyMe
    July 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Coming to a chemtrail Facebook group near you in 3.. 2.. 1…

    “You decide”

  3. July 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I was just reading about a meteor over Australia that caused a bit of a stir. It was actually the re-entry of the third stage of a Russian rocket launched three days ago and I thought this article might be about that, but no, it’s a separate thing:
    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/11/world/asia/australia-fireball-soyuz/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    “OMG, there’s something moving at a very high rate of speed and burning up in the atmosphere! It’s the end of the world as we know it!”

  4. Blargh
    July 12, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    Just to clarify, since New Scientist seems to have gotten it wrong: Anatoly Zak didn’t take the photo – Roskosmos did, per the credits on RussianSpaceWeb.com (Zak’s site, which is The Site to go to for Russian space news).

    Also, it’s totally a space eel.

  5. July 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Looks like a dandelion in the (cosmic) wind . . .

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