Malcolm Denemark/Florida At present/USA At present Community by way of Reuters
Jellyfish are a standard sight alongside the Florida coast — however individuals who watched the most recent rocket launch from the Kennedy Area Middle had been handled to a novel sight.
Friday morning’s SpaceX launch generated a visible phenomenon often called a “house jellyfish,” rewarding individuals who acquired up early to see the Falcon 9 rocket’s launch with a hanging spectacle: an ethereal cloud of illuminated gases, highlighted in opposition to the pre-dawn darkness.
The house jellyfish phenomenon happens when a rocket lifts off within the hours round daybreak or nightfall. A spectator is perhaps standing in whole darkness — however because the craft reaches excessive altitudes, the solar’s rays illuminate the plume of gases in its path. The impact resembles a jellyfish medusa’s bell and tentacles.
Friday’s impact diverse relying on the place folks had been standing once they noticed the rocket. As pictures posted on-line present, some observers noticed a horizontal streak of silver, whereas others noticed what appeared like a billowing luminous cloud.
Whereas the house jellyfish impact solely evokes the animal, precise jellyfish have additionally visited house. In 1991, NASA despatched hundreds of small jellyfish into orbit aboard the Area Shuttle Columbia, to review how they react to microgravity.